The Board was charged to review and approve Vermont’s statewide Health Information Technology Plan pursuant to section 9351 of this title to ensure that the necessary infrastructure is in place to enable the State to achieve the principles expressed in section 9371 of this title. In performing its review, the Board shall consult with and consider any recommendations regarding the plan received from the Vermont Information Technology Leaders, Inc. (VITL).
Vermont law charges the Secretary of Administration with coordinating Vermont’s Health Information Technology Plan. 18 V.S.A. § 9351(a). The Plan “shall include the implementation of an integrated electronic health information infrastructure for the sharing of electronic health information among health care facilities, health care professionals, public and private payers, and patients” and “shall include standards and protocols designed to promote patient education, patient privacy, physician best practices, electronic connectivity to health care data, and, overall, a more efficient and less costly means of delivering quality health care in Vermont.” Id. The Board must “[r]eview and approve Vermont’s statewide Health Information Technology Plan . . . to ensure that the necessary infrastructure is in place to enable the State to achieve the principles expressed in section 9371 of this title.” 18 V.S.A. § 9375(b)(2)(A).
In 2015, DVHA, the entity designated by the Secretary of Administration with coordinating the HIT Plan, convened a steering committee, to create the next iteration of the HIT Plan. The steering committee made an initial presentation to the Board outlining the key elements and initiatives of the revised HIT Plan on December 17, 2015. The Board conducted/will conduct a series of public meetings to review drafts of the Plan presented by the steering committee and to make its decision regarding the plan during the first quarter of 2016.