S.B. No. 45
relating to the establishment of an advisory committee on health
care information technology.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
SECTION 1. Subchapter B, Chapter 104, Health and Safety
Code, is amended by adding Section 104.0156 to read as follows:
Sec. 104.0156. HEALTH CARE INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY ADVISORY
COMMITTEE. (a) The statewide health coordinating council shall
form an advisory committee on health care information technology.
The committee must include representatives of interested groups,
including the academic community, health plans, pharmacies, and
associations of physicians, hospitals, and nurses. The committee
must also include at least one member with at least 10 years of
experience in the health care information technology industry.
(b) The advisory committee shall develop a long-range plan
for health care information technology, including the use of
electronic medical records, computerized clinical support systems,
computerized physician order entry, regional data sharing
interchanges for health care information, and other methods of
incorporating information technology in pursuit of greater
cost-effectiveness and better patient outcomes in health care. In
developing the long-range plan, the advisory committee shall study
the effect of health care information technology on price
disparities in insurance coverage for residents of this state.
(c) The advisory committee shall elect a presiding officer.
(d) Members of the advisory committee serve without
compensation but are entitled to reimbursement for the members'
travel expenses as provided by Chapter 660, Government Code, and
the General Appropriations Act.
(e) Chapter 2110, Government Code, does not apply to the
size, composition, or duration of the advisory committee.
(f) Meetings of the advisory committee under this section
are subject to Chapter 551, Government Code.
SECTION 2. Subsections (e) and (f), Section 104.022, Health
and Safety Code, are amended to read as follows:
(e) The state health plan shall be developed and used in
accordance with applicable state and federal law. The plan must
(1) major statewide health concerns;
(2) the availability and use of current health
resources of the state, including resources associated with
information technology and state-supported institutions of higher
(3) future health service, information technology,
and facility needs of the state.
(f) The state health plan must:
(1) propose strategies for the correction of major
deficiencies in the service delivery system;
(2) propose strategies for incorporating information
technology in the service delivery system;
(3) propose strategies for involving state-supported
institutions of higher education in providing health services and
for coordinating those efforts with health and human services
agencies in order to close gaps in services; and
(3)] provide direction for the state's
legislative and executive decision-making processes to implement
the strategies proposed by the plan.
SECTION 3. This Act takes effect September 1, 2005.
President of the Senate Speaker of the House
I hereby certify that S.B. No. 45 passed the Senate on
April 14, 2005, by the following vote: Yeas 31, Nays 0; and that
the Senate concurred in House amendments on May 27, 2005, by the
following vote: Yeas 29, Nays 0.
Secretary of the Senate
I hereby certify that S.B. No. 45 passed the House, with
amendments, on May 25, 2005, by a non-record vote.
Chief Clerk of the House