Public Act 094-0646
HB2345 Enrolled LRB094 10123 RAS 40384 b

    AN ACT concerning regulation.
    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
    Section 1. Short title. This Act may be cited as the
Electronic Health Records Taskforce Act.
    Section 5. Electronic Health Records Taskforce
established. There is hereby created the Electronic Health
Records Taskforce, hereinafter referred to as the EHR
Taskforce. The EHR Taskforce shall be convened by the
Department of Public Health, in coordination with the
Department of Public Aid and the Department of Human Services.
    Section 10. Taskforce duties; membership.
    (a) The EHR Taskforce shall create a plan for the
development and utilization of electronic health records (EHR)
in the State in order to improve the quality of patient care,
increase the efficiency of health care practice, improve
safety, and reduce health care errors. The EHR plan shall
provide policy guidance for application for federal, State, or
private grants to phase in utilization of EHR by health care
    (b) The Taskforce shall include representatives of
physicians, hospitals, pharmacies and long-term health care
facilities, academic health care centers, payors, patients and
consumers, and information technology providers.
    (c) The Taskforce shall prepare and submit a report on the
EHR plan to the General Assembly by December 31, 2006.
    Section 15. EHR plan. The EHR plan shall include, but not
be limited to, a consideration of all of the following:
        (1) key components of and standards for comprehensive
    EHR systems for recording, storing, analyzing and
    accessing patient health information, assisting with
    health care decision-making and quality assurance, and
    providing for online health care;
        (2) consistent data elements, definitions, and formats
    that should be incorporated in EHR systems;
        (3) analysis of costs and benefits in implementing EHR
    by various types and sizes of health care providers;
        (4) survey of equipment, technical assistance, and
    resources that would be necessary to assist smaller health
    care providers with EHR implementation and utilization;
        (5) standards, technology platforms, and issues
    related to patient access to their individual medical and
    health data;
        (6) a potential phase-in plan for implementing EHR by
    health care providers throughout Illinois; and
        (7) patient privacy, security, and compliance with
    applicable rules set forth in the federal Health Insurance
    Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).
    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
becoming law.