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HAFA ADAI! The Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) has initiated a major Health Information Technology (HIT) initiative to improve patient care, patient safety, health system efficiency, and public health disease management and surveillance through health information technology.

The initiative is based on the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act of 2009.

The primary purpose of this website is to inform the people of the CNMI of the HIT Program initiative, how the HIT program is progressing, and to provide information for consumers and providers alike.

The initiative calls for computerizing the health records of patients through "Electronic Health Records" or "EHRs" and establishing the capability of sharing these records with other healthcare providers through a CNMI Health Information Exchange (CHIE).  The CHIE will enable providers to exchange health information through the National Health Information Network (NHIN).  The CNMI will also be able to use the information to improve laboratory data exchange, chronic disease care, immunization, and surveillance of potential outbreaks.

 


Incentives to implement EHRs are provided to the Commonwealth Health Center Hospital and to Eligible Providers by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The CNMI HIT Initiative will not be accomplished overnight and will be accomplished over several years with the CNMI Healthcare Partners and Stakeholders.