The Commonwealth of Virginia took an important step towards the development and implementation of a comprehensive plan for Health Information Technology when Governor Mark Warner established a Governor’s Task Force on Information Technology in Health Care (the Task Force released a report in November 2005). Governor Kaine continued and expanded Virginia’s commitment to advancing Health IT in the Commonwealth when he issued Executive Order 29 on July 20, 2006, creating the Governor’s Health Information Technology Council. The Council’s work has laid the foundation for continued work on Health IT in Virginia.
Since then, the Governor’s Office, state agencies, and public and private partners within the state have devoted time, money, and resources towards the ultimate goal of improving healthcare through the adoption and use of Health IT. Virginia played an integral role in the state and federal sponsored Health Information Security and Privacy Collaboration; the offices of the Secretary of Health and Human Resources and the Secretary of Technology came together to form the Office of Health IT; and the Office of Health IT proceeded to evaluate the state of Health IT in the Commonwealth and proposed initiatives for the future.
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