State chief information officers need to play a number of roles in helping to create health benefit exchanges under healthcare reform, according to a new report from the National Association of State Chief Information Officers, Lexington, Ky.
State CIOs need to be part of creating exchanges: report
Among the efforts that state CIOs are likely to provide support for are coordinating and streamlining medical eligibility systems; helping the state fulfill the core functions of the healthcare reform law; making data interoperable; and considering collaboration with other states, according to the report, On the Fence: IT Implications of the Health Benefit Exchanges (PDF).
"Given the short time frame for implementation of the health benefit exchanges, it is critical that state CIOs work together to share expertise and explore shared solutions to maximize efficiencies and minimize costs," said Lisa Feldner, North Dakota chief information officer and co-chair for the NASCIO Healthcare Working Group, in a news release.
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