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March 7, 2007                                                                                                                   Executive Order

 

GOVERNOR HALEY BARBOUR CREATES HEALTH INFORMATION INFRASTRUCTURE TASK FORCE

 

(Jackson, Mississippi) — Governor Haley Barbour has signed an executive order creating a new task force that will work to develop a health information technology infrastructure and improve the quality and reduce the cost of health care in Mississippi.

 

“Katrina demonstrated the need for timely, more secure and accessible health information, and the Mississippi Health Information Infrastructure Task Force will develop the roadmap that guides Mississippi to adopt a plan that’s superlative to our existing technology infrastructure,” Governor Barbour said.

 

The 20-member task force will convene March 12 in Jackson to begin the process of making detailed recommendations, searching for funding options, and setting key milestone dates to achieve within the next two years.

 

“I look forward to hearing the committee’s recommendations,” Barbour said. “Providing this technology is vital to the health of all Mississippians.”

 

The committee will evaluate key issues of health information exchange such as:

 

• Availability of health information at the point of care for individuals;


• Reducing medical errors and avoiding duplicative medical procedures;


• Improving coordination of care between hospitals, physicians, and other health care professionals;


• Providing consumers with their health information to encourage greater participation in their health care decisions;


• Assuring the confidentiality and privacy of medical information;


• Improving public health disease surveillance within the state; and


• Furthering health care research.

 

TASK FORCE MEMBERS

 

Dr. Ken Davis- Medical Director, North Mississippi Hospital


Dr. John Fitzpatrick - Medical Director, Forrest General


Scott Stringer -Vice President Information Technology, BCBS


Teresa Planch- Director, Office of Insurance, DFA


Mary Helen Bowen- Director of Pharmacy, St. Dominic Hospital


Chris Anderson- CEO, Singing River Hospital


Timothy Thomas- CEO, Newton Regional Center, Chair of the East Central MS Trauma Care Region


Phillip Clendenin- CEO, River Region Health System


Ann Peden- Healthcare Information Management System Society of Mississippi (HIMSS)


Dr. Jim McIlwain- eHelath Initiative/SGA Task Force


Ricki Garrett- Executive Director, MS Nurses Association


Pasty Horton- Director Clinical Resource Management, Baptist Hospital


Warren Jones- Professor of Health Policy


Bill Rudman, Professor, Health Information Management, UMC


David Litchliter- Executive Director, ITS


Sam Dawkins- Director of the Office of Health Policy and Planning, MDH


Rep. Sid Bondurant


Rep. Steve Holland


Sen. Alan Nunnelee


Sen. Terry Burton