(20 ILCS 3860/5)
(Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2021)
Health information technology improves the quality of patient care, increases the efficiency of health care practices, improves safety, and reduces healthcare errors. The State of Illinois has an interest in encouraging the adoption of a health information system to improve the safety, quality, and value of health care, to protect and keep health information secure, and to use the health information exchange system to advance and meet population health goals. To ensure that the benefits of health information technology are available to the consumers of Illinois and to encourage greater patient participation in health care decisions, the State must provide a framework for the exchange of health information and encourage the widespread adoption of electronic health systems and the use of electronic health records among health care providers and patients. The creation of a State-level health information exchange system will allow, among other benefits, the widespread utilization of electronic health records by health care providers and patients in order to ensure that Illinois' health care providers can achieve the meaningful use of electronic records, as defined by federal law, and participate fully in the health information technology incentives available from the federal government under the Medicare and Medicaid programs.
(Source: P.A. 96-1331, eff. 7-27-10.)