Skip to main content Skip to office menu Skip to footer
Minnesota Legislature

Health technology infrastructure (new law)

Published (5/29/2009)
By Patty Ostberg
Share on: 



Converting health records to electronic form is the focus of a new law.

Sponsored by Rep. Paul Thissen (DFL-Mpls) and Sen. Tony Lourey (DFL-Kerrick), the law aligns state requirements to match federal stimulus requirements in the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act.

The law will help pull down federal money to state providers by aligning definitions such as “interoperable electronic health record” and “qualified electronic health record” to ensure coordination between state, regional and national efforts to effectively use health technology to improve coordination and patient care among providers. The change could help reduce medical errors, improve population health and reduce health disparities and chronic disease.

The HITECH Act was included in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to help providers create electronic health records that would be interchangeable between health systems.

The health commissioner, in conjunction with an e-Health Initiative Advisory Committee, will monitor related national activity and coordinate statewide input on developments.

The law has various effective dates.

HF1322/ SF1890*/CH102

Session Weekly More...


Session Weekly Home



Related Stories


HHS bill is DOA but hoping for CPR
Supporters cite gaining federal funds, governor concerned about spending
(view full story) Published 5/13/2010

House passes HHS budget bill
Members reluctantly vote for cuts; governor says bill is too costly
(view full story) Published 5/6/2010

Not cutting as deep
Although painful now, omnibus HHS budget bill could set stage for reform
(view full story) Published 4/29/2010

Revisiting GAMC
Program participation questionable, hospitals favor earlier federal reform
(view full story) Published 4/22/2010

A distress call for SOS?
State Operated Services plans programmatic redesign, amidst criticism
(view full story) Published 4/22/2010

Minnesota Index: Health coverage
Figures and statistics on health coverage and other vitals
(view full story) Published 4/22/2010

Inking a deal for donors
State oversight of body arts could reduce donor deferrals
(view full story) Published 4/15/2010

Nursing a level playing field
Sides differ on who should pay for nursing home costs
(view full story) Published 4/8/2010

Saying ‘sorry’
House resolution would apologize for practices done decades ago
(view full story) Published 3/25/2010

And the cupboard is bare
More Minnesotans struggle to put food on the table
(view full story) Published 2/25/2010

Future of GAMC uncertain
Legislators consider health care for state’s poor, sick
(view full story) Published 2/11/2010

At Issue: Health care law quagmire
Sustainability at issue in law line-item vetoed by governor
(view full story) Published 5/29/2009

At Issue: More compromise, more reductions
Cuts in health and human services finance bill called ‘painful’
(view full story) Published 5/15/2009

At Issue: Cuts hang in the balance
Much depends on tax increases
(view full story) Published 5/1/2009

At Issue: Providing ‘pretty darn good coverage’
A new approach to public health could save millions in benefits, advocates say
(view full story) Published 4/10/2009

First Reading: Complex problem, complex solution
Cuts to health and human services could create reform opportunity
(view full story) Published 4/3/2009

Minnesota Index: Health boards
Figures and statistics on health licensing board in Minnesota
(view full story) Published 3/13/2009

At Issue: Medical marijuana
Controversial treatment clears first committee hurdle
(view full story) Published 2/20/2009

Minnesota Index: Less lighting up
Figures and statistics on smoking in Minnesota
(view full story) Published 2/20/2009