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August 28, 2009

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Health Information Technology Advances in New Jersey State Seeks Proposals for Innovative Health Data Sharing Initiatives


TRENTON—The State of New Jersey today released a Request for Applications seeking innovative health-information exchange projects that hold the promise of improving the quality and efficiency of health care around the State. The widespread availability and appropriate use of health information technology is an integral part of health care reform across the country, and New Jersey aims to take the lead in this arena.


The RFA solicits innovative, community-level health data exchange projects to submit to the federal government for potential grant funding, and is available at


“This is the first step in building the heath information networks that will ensure that life-saving patient information will be there when patients are brought into the emergency room or are treated by cardiologists or other specialists for the first time,” said Governor Jon S Corzine. “Critically important patient health histories such as medication allergies, recent surgeries or chronic illnesses–which impact the kind of care that is delivered—ultimately will be available to physicians in real time,” said Governor Corzine.


The State, through the New Jersey Health Information Technology Commission and the Office of e-HIT in the Department of Banking and Insurance, is currently assembling a State plan for health information technology. The promotion of regional health information exchanges is critical to that plan. Once these exchanges are established, the State aims to integrate them and other sources of health-care data in a secure, statewide health-information exchange so that key clinical information “follows the patient” no matter where they see a doctor or go to the hospital. If this network gets established, only authorized physicians will be able to view patient data in a secure network that adheres to the highest standards of State and federal privacy laws. 


Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has made available $564 million to the states for health-information exchange. A sizable portion of that funding will go to local and regional health information exchanges that seek to improve quality and efficiency of care by sharing patient-level clinical data among authorized health-care providers.


Each state will receive between $4 million and $40 million based on a formula that has yet to be fully released. The inclusion of fully vetted exchange projects will strengthen New Jersey’s application and Statewide plan. Health information exchange proposals will be reviewed and scored according to rigorous criteria for possible inclusion in the State’s application to the federal government. Applications to the State are due Sept. 25, and the State’s application to HHS is due on Oct. 16.  

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