Governor signs executive order creating health information technology task force

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GOVERNOR’S OFFICE NEWS RELEASE:

CARSON CITY — Governor Jim Gibbons today announced the formation of the Health Information Technology Blue Ribbon Task Force. The task force will consist of experts and stakeholders in healthcare, information technology, government, insurance, business and other industries.

A statewide health information technology network will provide higher quality health care by improving the continuity of patient treatment, reducing duplicative treatments or tests, and enabling early detection of infectious disease outbreaks. Also, the use of a secure statewide health information exchange will give healthcare providers access to vital health information at the point of the patient care, while ensuring the privacy and security of personal medical information.

The Health Information Technology Blue Ribbon Task Force will provide recommendations to the Governor’s Office by April 30, 2010. Funding for health information technology planning and implementation has been made available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA-Stimulus Package).

EDIT 1:16 pm — added Gov.’s Office news release subhead.

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