The collaborative approach of Health Current prior to March 2017, to statewide health IT policy development was born out of a gubernatorial executive order in 2005 and the subsequent work of hundreds of organizations and individuals to create a Roadmap, which was a plan for connecting all Arizona healthcare providers through electronic health records (EHRs) and health information exchange (HIE).
Since its inception in 2007, Health Current helped develop model agreements and advanced public policy discussions to support a health information infrastructure in the state. Health Current has been a collaborative leader in advancing and advocating statewide public policy regarding health IT, including the passage of HB 2620 in 2011, which established rules and regulations for the secure and private exchange of health information in Arizona.
Another important piece of health IT and HIE legislation, HB 2369, was signed into law on April 4, 2012. This bill, which modifies and enhances state statues dealing with heath IT and health information organizations (HIOs) and also allows for the electronic prescribing of controlled substances, was made possible because of the successful collaboration of Health Current and many other healthcare community organizations.
The Arizona Opioid Epidemic Act, AZ Senate Bill 1001, establishes requirements and prohibitions for prescribing, administering and dispensing schedule II opioids. Beginning January 1, 2019, each prescription order for a schedule II opioid in Arizona’s five largest counties (Maricopa, Pima, Pinal, Yavapai and Yuma) must be transmitted electronically to the dispensing pharmacy. Beginning July 1, 2019, these same requirements go into effect in all other Arizona counties.