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Health Information Technologies

Health Information Technologies is managed by the Department of Health & Social Services Information Technology (IT) Planning office. The IT Planning office is responsible for managing the Alaska Medicaid EHR Incentive Program, the Alaska Health Information Exchange contract, the department's Information Technology Governance, department-wide information technology system implementations, and information technology planning for the department.  

Headline News

  • Clearing the way for patients to get access to their data - The National Association for Trusted Exchange (NATE) kicked off its new NATE Blue Button for Consumers (NBB4C) Trust Bundle at the 2015 Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) Annual Meeting with a surprise display of interoperability in patient-mediated exchange. For further details please see the:
     Full press release.

  • Connecting Health and Care for the Nation: A 10-Year Vision to Achieve an Interoperable Health IT Infrastructure: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has a critical responsibility to advance the connectivity of electronic health information and interoperability of health information technology (health IT). More information available:
     Office of the National Coordinator's 10-year vision  

  • Updates about onboarding process for Meaningful Use Public Health Measures can be found on the Meaningful Use page of this website under Onboarding Process section.

Important Program Documents


Public Health Meaningful Use Measures for Alaska

The Alaska Department of Health & Social Services (DHSS) has the capability to support:

  • Immunization Reporting (EPs & EHs)
  • Electronic Laboratory Reporting  (EHs only)
  • Syndromic Surveillance (EHs only)
  • Cancer Registry Reporting (EPs only)
  • There are no other specialized registries that DHSS is supporting for Meaningful Use (MU)

The EP or EH can request an exclusion to CMS based on the following criteria:

  • If the EP or EH does not collect public health (immunization, electronic laboratory reporting, or syndromic surveillance data during the reporting) period, OR
  • The public health agency does not have the capacity to receive the data. (As noted above - DHSS does not have the capacity to receive syndromic surveillance or electronic laboratory reporting data from EPs)

Refer to CMS Guidelines for Meaningful Use for additional information.

More details on Meaningful Use, Public Health Reporting, and the Register of Intent process are available on our Meaningful Use page.


Alaska eHealth Network Health Information Exchange

Alaska eHealth Network (AeHN) Health Information Exchange (HIE) is currently being deployed statewide. AeHN HIE is a secure electronic exchange of patient information, which allows health care providers a quick, secure, reliable access to patient health records.  AeHN is a non-profit organization governed by a board of directors from across Alaska with representation from consumers, hospitals, physicians, businesses, and state government. These leaders are committed to securing protected health information at all times to ensure it is only accessed by authorized individuals for authorized use, by law, for treatment and payment.

To learn more about AeHN, please visit their website at: 

or contact Alaska eHealth Network at:

Alaska DHSS and AeHN are working closely together to implement efficiencies in health information exchange throughout the state.

All EPs, EHs, and CAHs  must use Alaska eHealth Network HIE to satisfy their MU Public Health reporting requirements. Organizations that are already interfaced directly with Alaska Division of Public Health reporting systems will need to transition to reporting via the HIE. For more details visit: The Meaningful Use page.


Alaska EHR Incentive Payment Information 

Provider Type
Number of Providers Registered with State Level Registry
Total Number of Provider Payments 
Made as of  Made as of  March 2017
Total Amount Paid as of Total Amount Paid as of March 2017
Eligible Professionals (EPs) - AIU 




​EPs - MU Stage 1




​EPs - MU Stage 2




Hospitals (EHs) - AIU




EHs - MU Stage 1




​EHs - MU Stage 2