2019 Session

Budget Amendments - SB1100 (Committee Approved)

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Modify Electronic Health Records Workgroup (language only)

Item 281 #2s

Item 281 #2s

Health and Human Resources
Secretary of Health and Human Resources


Page 290, strike lines 48 through 53.

Page 291, strike lines 1 through 20, and insert:

"C.1. The Secretary of Health and Human Resources, in collaboration with the Secretary of Administration and the Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security, shall convene a workgroup to oversee the development of a statewide integrated electronic health record (EHR) system. The workgroup shall include the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS), the Virginia Department of Health, the Department of Corrections, the Department of Planning and Budget, staff from the House Appropriations and Senate Finance committees, and other agencies as deemed appropriate by the respective Secretaries. The purpose of the workgroup shall be to evaluate and determine the costs and benefits of developing a statewide integrated EHR system based on state contract, whether such system is one domain for the state or separate domains for each agency. The workgroup shall evaluate the specific needs of agencies seeking an EHR system to determine if the agency's business requirements require evaluating a vendor off state contract that may be more cost-effective and appropriate for that agency. As part of the evaluation of a system off state contract, the workgroup shall include an assessment of the interoperability of potential systems with other state EHR systems. No state agency shall issue a request for proposals for an EHR system unless an evaluation of the costs of benefits of using the state contract has been completed and the General Assembly has included a specific authorization of such system in a general appropriation act. Any state agency that is authorized the seek a vendor off state contract for an EHR system shall ensure such system is interoperable with other state agencies and also with other public and private health care entities to the extent allowed by federal and state law, and regulations.

2. The workgroup shall report on its activities and any recommendations to the Joint Subcommittee on Health and Human Resources Oversight by October 15, 2019."


(This amendment modifies the Statewide Electronic Health Records workgroup to include legislative representation and provide the focus of the workgroup to evaluate the costs and benefits of developing a statewide EHR for multiple state agencies. State agencies will be allowed to seek a vendor off state contract if an evaluation of using the state contract has been completed and the General Assembly has authorized such action.)