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  1. 1. November 2010 $ S t r a t e g y S e s s i o n Presented in conjunction with Health Information Exchanges Pro f i l i n g fo u r e f fo r t s Today’s HIEs are succeeding where previous ones failed. Here’s how four of them are getting doctors to share patient data to improve care and cut costs. By Marianne Kolbasuk McGee Report ID: S2201110
  2. 2. Health Information ExchangesA n a l y t i c s . I n f o r m a t i o n We e k . c o m S t r a t e g y S e s s i o n CO NTENT S 3 Author’s Bio 4 Executive Summary 5 HIEs Get Doctors Sharing Data and Boost Efficiency 6 A Network for Everyone 7 Louisiana Rural Health Information Exchange 8 State Exchanges Under Way F 10 HealthBridge O 10 Where to Learn More 11 Michiana Health Information Network E 12 Chesapeake Regional Information System for Our Patients L 12 Five Key HIE Vendors B 14 The Beacon Communities A 15 More Like This T ABOUT US | InformationWeek Analytics’ experienced analysts arm business technology decision-makers with real-world perspective based on a combination of qualitative and quantitative research, business and technology assessment and planning tools, and technology adoption best practices gleaned from experience. If you’d like to contact us, write to managing director Art Wittmann at, executive editor Lorna Garey at and research managing editor Heather Vallis at Find all of our reports at 2 November 2010 © 2010 InformationWeek, Reproduction Prohibited
  3. 3. Health Information Exchanges A n a l y t i c s . I n f o r m a t i o n We e k . c o m S t r a t e g y S e s s i o n Marianne Kolbasuk McGee has been reporting and writing about IT for more than 20 years. She joined InformationWeek in 1992 and covers a variety of issues, including IT management, Marianne careers, skill and salary trends, and H-1B visas. McGee alsoKolbasuk McGee closely follows healthcare IT issues, including the federal govern- ment’s stimulus spending program for expanding the adoption of electronic medical records systems. McGee holds a B.A. in communication arts from Long Island University’s C.W. Post campus. She can be reached at 3 November 2010 © 2010 InformationWeek, Reproduction Prohibited
  4. 4. Health Information ExchangesA n a l y t i c s . I n f o r m a t i o n We e k . c o m S t r a t e g y S e s s i o n Executive Summary There are about 200 health information exchanges in the United States today, and that number is growing fast, particularly now that the federal government is expected to make the ability to exchange patient data electronically part of the “meaningful use” criteria that physicians and hospitals have to meet to get funds to help them deploy electronic health record systems. HIEs feed data into patients’ EHRs from doctors and hospital visits, as well as lab and other medical tests done at outside facilities. They alert doctors when information is available, helping speed decision-making by provid- ing faster access to data. They also cut down redundant testing and help ensure patient safety by letting all caregivers know what medications a patient is taking and other pertinent information. Most important, HIEs ensure that all doctors providing care to a patient have the most up-to- date and comprehensive information. While there’s a lot of enthusiasm for these networks, not everyone is com- fortable. There is a steep learning curve, and physicians are having to get beyond petty concerns about how other doctors might use patient data to steal patients and that patients could use easier access to their data to change doctors more frequently. HIEs aren’t new. Many were launched over the last decade without solid business models and didn’t succeed. Now, with big money behind getting healthcare providers to install and use EHR systems, it’s possible that HIEs will have a better chance of surviving. This report looks at four that appear to be off to a solid start. 4 November 2010 © 2010 InformationWeek, Reproduction Prohibited
  5. 5. Health Information ExchangesA n a l y t i c s . I n f o r m a t i o n We e k . c o m S t r a t e g y S e s s i o n HIEs Get Doctors Sharing Data and Boost Efficiency The push to get doctors using electronic health records is well underway. In tandem with that effort is one that will ensure that healthcare providers are able to share patient records—not just doctors in the same city or region, but ones across the country. To meet that need, health information exchanges are quickly being developed. These networks give doctors fast, easy access to information about tests and lab results, and other doctors’ diagnoses. They ensure that all doctors providing care to a patient have the most up-to-date and comprehensive information on the patient’s condition. They also speed deci- sion-making by providing faster access to information; cut down redundant testing by provid- ing results of all tests a patient has had; and ensure patient safety by letting all caregivers know medications a patient is taking and allergies he or she has. Many HIEs enable the sharing of electronic health information among providers in a local community. Others connect providers across a region. And, more recently, HIEs are being developed across entire states and among neighboring states. The federal government is estab- lishing standards to link local and regional HIEs into a national network (see “A Network for Everyone,” page 6, for more on the national effort). Some HIEs focus on sharing specific kinds of data that comes from patients’ EHRs, such as their problem and allergy lists, drug histories, hospital discharge summaries, and radiology and lab reports. Others are more comprehensive, providing a platform to share many different kinds of patient data. The broader goal for these HIEs is to make it easier for health information to follow patients wherever they get care, letting healthcare providers securely access data in order to make more informed clinical decisions. There are about 200 HIEs in the United States, according to the eHealth Initiative, a non- profit group that advocates using IT to drive quality, safety and efficiency in healthcare. That number is growing rapidly, particularly now that the federal government is expected to make exchanging patient data electronically part of the “meaningful use” criteria that physicians and hospitals must comply with to get funds under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Besides incentive money to get healthcare providers using EHRs, the feds also are providing $564 million in ARRA funds to help states deploy HIEs and expand 5 November 2010 © 2010 InformationWeek, Reproduction Prohibited
  6. 6. Health Information ExchangesA n a l y t i c s . I n f o r m a t i o n We e k . c o m S t r a t e g y S e s s i o n existing ones. Earlier this year, the Department of Health and Human Services awarded states or an organization designated by states grants ranging from $4.6 million to $38.7 million (see “State Exchanges Underway,” page 8). While there’s great enthusiasm for these networks, everyone isn’t comfortable with them. Some doctors don’t want to give up paper-based processes for digital ones, says Dr. Mark Sandock, who recently retired from a medical practice in South Bend, Ind. As with EHRs, there’s going to be a steep learning curve, says Sandock, who now works as a consultant. Physicians also worry that sharing data makes it easier for colleagues to steal patients and for patients to easily switch doctors. But those fears are fading as doctors start using HIEs. “People are recognizing that it’s not as much a competitive issue. It’s a convenience issue,” says Tom Liddell, executive director of the Michiana Health Information Network. With the meaningful A Network for Everyone The original vision of NHIN as a network of regional O n top of all the regional and local health in- formation exchanges, the federal govern- networks made it difficult for individual doctors with ment has a national exchange in the works. limited IT resources to be a part of the national ex- The Nationwide Health Information Network change, says Bob Steffel, CEO of HealthBridge, a non- is a set of standards, services and polices to enable se- profit organization that runs an HIE of 28 hospitals, 17 cure sharing of health data over the Internet. local health departments, and 700 physician offices and NHIN, which is being developed by the Department clinics around Cincinnati. The new approach provides of Health and Human Services with input from the more flexibility, Steffel says. “When NHIN was originally healthcare industry and others, aims to let health infor- conceived, we scratched our heads and wondered how mation follow patients as they move among caregivers are they going to pay for this, and why would you do and institutions locally and around the country. The abil- this,” he says. ity to electronically exchange data is expected to be one Smaller practices and individuals can download open of the requirements healthcare providers have to meet source software, called Connect, to access NHIN and even to demonstrate “meaningful use” of e-health records and set up their own HIEs. Connect was originally developed qualify for federal incentive money. to let federal agencies share health data and includes a NHIN, originally called the National Health Informa- core ser vices gateway, enterprise ser vice components tion Infrastructure project, was started in 2002 with the and a universal client framework that lets users develop goal of tying together regional health information or- applications using the enterprise service components. ganizations. Today, it’s also bringing together state- and NHIN Direct is an offshoot of Connect that includes addi- community-based HIEs—which in some cases are re- tional standards and specifications to support point-to- placing failed or faltering regional groups— and even point interactions between organizations, such as labs individual providers. and physicians offices. 6 November 2010 © 2010 InformationWeek, Reproduction Prohibited
  7. 7. Health Information ExchangesA n a l y t i c s . I n f o r m a t i o n We e k . c o m S t r a t e g y S e s s i o n use criteria now expected to include HIE use, “it will be more difficult for a provider not to participate in a data exchange,” he says. HIEs aren’t new. Over the last decade, regional health information organizations, known as RHIOs, were launched with data sharing as a core part of their mission. Public and private grants funded many of these earlier efforts, and they looked quite promising initially, but fell apart when money ran out and healthcare providers didn’t want to fund these efforts themselves. One of the most notable ones that didn’t make it was the Santa Barbara County Health Data Exchange. Launched in 1999, it aimed to get physicians in Santa Barbara County, Calif., using EHRs and sharing data. That ambitious project shut down in late 2006 when the initial $10 million grant money ran out, and healthcare providers in the region failed to see the value in paying to keep it going. Santa Barbara and some other disappointing HIE efforts were launched years prior to the feder- al government current effort. Now, with big money being used to encourage healthcare providers to install and use EHR systems, e-prescribing, computerized physician order entry, and other health IT systems, it’s possible health information exchanges will have a much better chance of surviving. What follows is a look at four HIEs in different parts of the country, each with different goals but all of them very promising efforts. Louisiana Rural Health Information Exchange The Louisiana Rural Health Information Exchange, or LaRHIX, was launched three years ago to serve 1.3 million patients in north central Louisiana, a poor rural area underserved by primary care doctors. It was formed by the Rural Hospital Coalition, a statewide non-profit organization that gets funding from the state to work with Louisiana’s rural hospitals. Because of the shortage of doctors in rural Louisiana, patients often must wait three months or more for appointments with specialists like cardiologists and pulmonologists. They frequently must travel great distances to get to those specialists, a significant hardship for low-income patients who don’t always have cars and can’t afford other means of transportation to get to the medical center for in-person visits, says Jamie Welch, LaRHIX CIO. Many patients end up not seeing specialists, and that often results in “a domino effect” of serious—sometimes deadly— medical complications, Welsh says. 7 November 2010 © 2010 InformationWeek, Reproduction Prohibited
  8. 8. Health Information ExchangesA n a l y t i c s . I n f o r m a t i o n We e k . c o m S t r a t e g y S e s s i o n State Exchanges Under Way The federal government recently awarded grants to states to develop health information exchanges. Here are the 10 largest awards: California Health and Human Services Agency Received $38.8 million to create a statewide HIE as part of more than $101 million in American Recov- ery and Reinvestment Act funding awarded to California for health IT efforts and healthcare job cre- ation programs. The ARRA funding also included more than $31 million for two Regional Extension Centers in California. Texas Health and Human Services Commission Received $28.8 million, part of which will go to support the development of a Medicaid-based HIE system. New York eHealth Collaborative Received $22.4 million. NYeC is a public-private partnership that serves to build consensus on state health IT policy priorities, and to collaborate on state and regional health IT implementation efforts. Florida Health Information Network Received $21 million to provide health data exchange services to healthcare providers. It aims to pro- vide timely information at the point of care and improve the coordination of patient care among healthcare providers. Illinois Department of Health Care and Family Services Received $18.8 million to fund the creation of the Illinois Office of Health Information Technology, which will develop and implement the state’s health information technology initiatives, including a statewide HIE. Pennsylvania Health Information Exchange Received $17.1 million to create a secure statewide network for sharing e-health information among healthcare providers and patients. Michigan Health Information Network Received $15 million to improve healthcare quality, cost, efficiency and patient safety through elec- tronic exchange of health information. Ohio Health Information Partnership Received $14.8 million to develop an HIE as part of $43 million Ohio was awarded in ARRA funding to develop healthcare IT, including job training and two Regional Extension Centers. Missouri Office of Health Information Technology Received $13.8 million to support the development of a secure, statewide HIE. MO-HITECH is part of the state’s department of social services. Georgia Department of Community Health Received $13 million to develop and implement a statewide HIE to facilitate access and use of clinical data to provide safe, timely, efficient and effective patient-centered care. 8 November 2010 © 2010 InformationWeek, Reproduction Prohibited
  9. 9. Health Information ExchangesA n a l y t i c s . I n f o r m a t i o n We e k . c o m S t r a t e g y S e s s i o n IBM’s Websphere and Carefx’s Fusion provide the infrastructure for LaRHIX’s Web portal, which gives healthcare professionals real-time access to medical records from any provider database connected to the network. Doctors associated with the 24 participating hospitals are able to share patient information with each other and with the Louisiana State Univer- sity Medical Center in Shreveport. The exchange allows specialists at the medical center to review patients records and tests without requiring patients to make the long trip to the city. Authentication and single sign-on capabilities, policy-based authorization, identity federation and auditing access are being provided by CA’s Identity and Access Management products. Telemedicine technology, including Webcams, let specialists examine patient remotely. The ulti- mate goal is for LaRHIX to serve the entire state, although a specific timeline hasn’t been estab- lished for that, Welch says. Hospitals participating in the exchange can use the EHR system they want, so they aren’t forced into adopting a system that doesn’t work for their needs, Welch says. A federated data model stores patient information at the source, but doctors have secure access to patient’s data from any participating hospital. Another service of the exchange is mobile digital mammography, where radiology equipment and technicians are sent to the rural hospitals to conduct exams. Images can be sent to spe- cialists at the Shreveport medical center for analysis. Before leaving the screening, a remote radiologist reads a patient’s images, and informs the patient if any suspicious lesions were spotted that need to be further examined or tested. “If you let a woman leave the screening without a diagnosis, you may never see her again for treatment,” says Welch. LaRHIX recent- ly received a $250,000 federal grant to expand to its mobile mammography to seven addi- tional hospitals. The state of Louisiana has provided LaRHIX’s $40 million in funding so far. It wasn’t difficult to convince state legislators that there was a need for this type of service, Welch says. “The hard sell was the money,” she says. Many of the rural hospitals participating in LaRHIX have been able to deploy EHR systems with LaRHIX funds and are already HIMSS stage 6 or 7, the highest stages of EHR adoption, Welch says. Now with the federal government’s $20 billion-plus EHR incentive program underway, 9 November 2010 © 2010 InformationWeek, Reproduction Prohibited
  10. 10. Health Information ExchangesA n a l y t i c s . I n f o r m a t i o n We e k . c o m S t r a t e g y S e s s i o n more Louisiana hospitals will likely begin rolling out Where to Learn More these systems, and that will make it easier to expand the network statewide in the future, she says. > Interactive online map of state HIEs across the country LaRHIX “has done so much with so little money, in only a couple of years,” says Jennifer Covich > National Information Health Network Bordenick, chair of eHealth Initiative. There’s evi- (NHIN) specification, forums, and other resources dence that it’s already helping lower the incidents of breast cancer among underinsured patients, she says. > Community Portal for Connect, the HealthBridge open source software to develop an HIE There are two models for health data exchanges. or link to one that supports NHIN Regional ones like LaRHIX provide a broad health information exchange that often involves state and local governments, while smaller exchanges often serve a more defined community. The large efforts typically rely on government funding to keep going and that money, like the ARRA funds, is often in the form of grants. Once the money is spent, the question is whether local and state governments have the money to keep the exchanges going. If they don’t continue to fund these efforts, who will? HealthBridge, a non-profit organization covering a 50-mile area near Cincinnati, is one of those smaller efforts. The 13-year-old HIE is one of the oldest in the country, and it’s profitable. It wasn’t created with a one-time grant and, until recently, hasn’t relied on government money. Instead, HealthBridge took out loans that it’s still repaying. “It’s run like a business,” says CEO Bob Steffel, and that’s the secret to its success. HealthBridge is leading the Greater Cincinnati Beacon Collaborative, which has received a $13.8 million federal Beacon Community grant that will fund its initiative to improve care for asthmatic children and diabetic adults. HealthBridge uses Axolotl’s HIE technology to connect more than 28 hospitals, 17 local health departments, 700 physician offices and clinics, as well as nursing homes, independent labs, radiol- ogy centers and others healthcare providers in the region, Steffel says. Although it covers a small geographic area, the exchange operates one largest community-based secure clinical messaging sys- 10 November 2010 © 2010 InformationWeek, Reproduction Prohibited
  11. 11. Health Information ExchangesA n a l y t i c s . I n f o r m a t i o n We e k . c o m S t r a t e g y S e s s i o n tems in the country, delivering about three million clinical messages to more than 5,500 physicians a month, Steffel says. Doctors get free subscription to the service that provides them with lab and radiology reports, as well as hospital admission and transfer records, and electronic notifications when patients visit emergency rooms and are admitted or discharged from hospitals. They can sign up for other services, such as e-prescription services for less than $100 a month. HealthBridge works with 30 EHR vendors, and patient information is sent directly to whichev- er EHR system that a participating doctor uses. Physicians who don’t use EHRs, can receive the patient information via fax, e-mail and even snail mail. HealthBridge delivers information to every doctor in its region, and 96% of what it delivers is done electronically, Steffel says. Hospitals, labs and other large data providers pay for the services because the exchange saves them time and money. “If you faxed 20,000 reports per month, the question is whether the doctor got it. With our services, you can answer that question,” Steffel says. HealthBridge rein- vests the money it makes in expanding its services, including upgrading its infrastructure and helping other communities launch HIEs. The idea behind HealthBridge is that “healthcare is local,” Steffel says. While patients move, travel and sometimes seek specialty care outside the HealthBridge region, “the bulk of health- care is within a small radius,” he says. Michiana Health Information Network The Michiana Health Information Network, or MHIN, covers parts of Michigan and neighbor- ing South Bend, Ind. Like many of the HIEs that so far appear to be most successful, 10-year- old MHIN doesn’t use public money and is run like a business, says executive director Tom Liddell. Labs, healthcare organizations and doctors that participate in MHIN pay fees for the service, he says. Data is stored and distributed from a central repository. Doctors pay $49 to $59 a month to have their EHR systems automatically populated. It’s important for data users, like doctors, to pay even a small fee, Liddell says. Otherwise, they can easily fall into the mindset that since it’s free, “its worth is somehow devalued,” he says. MHIN uses a Web-based real-time messaging product from Axoloti to send information to practices that don’t have EHRs. Currently, the exchange has about 100 data sources, including 11 November 2010 © 2010 InformationWeek, Reproduction Prohibited
  12. 12. Health Information ExchangesA n a l y t i c s . I n f o r m a t i o n We e k . c o m S t r a t e g y S e s s i o n hospital admission and discharge data, and radiology and lab results. MHIN plans to add out- patient surgical and endoscopy centers. The system is used by approximately 3,500 providers, including 1,000 physicians. About 140 of those doctors already use EHRs and are able to contribute patient data to the exchange. The goal for the next two years is to have 300 to 400 doctors contributing to the exchange. When South Bend, Ind., physician Sandock’s practice signed up for MHIN’s services several years ago, five doctors in the internal medicine part of the group saved a $1 million in transcription costs in the first year alone. They no longer had to dictate reports on lab and other medical test for the hundreds of patients who were tested at outside facilities each week and whose test results were previously sent back on paper. Instead, the MHIN network sends the doctor an e-mail alert when a patient’s lab results are available, and it automatically feeds the results into the patient’s EHR. “Quality of care is improved, and you’re saving money at the same time,” Sandock says. Chesapeake Regional Information System for Our Patients Maryland’s Chesapeake Regional Information System for our Patients, or CRISP was started in 2006. Five Key HIE Vendors clinical information are sent to physician in real-time. T here are dozens of vendors offering health infor- mation exchange products, but only five are con- 3) RelayHealth. McKesson’s connectivity business is sidered in more than 10% of buying decisions, considered in 16% of HIE buying decisions. Its SaaS prod- according research firm KLAS. Those five are: ucts interoperate with more than 20 EMR and practice 1) Medicity. This company was considered in 23% of management systems. HIE buying decisions. Its products include NovoGrid, a 4) Informatics Corporation of America. ICA, is con- deployable, intelligent network with vendor-neutral sidered in 11% of HIE buying decisions. Its CareAlign technology connecting hospital systems to any EHR, hos- products provide standards-based interoperability and pital or ancillary system. Medicity also offers iNexx, an include clinical portal, secure messaging, order and re- open, modular platform for plug-and-play healthcare IT sult automation, population management and report- app design and delivery. ing, and patient matching capabilities. 2) Axolotl. It’s considered in 22% of buying decisions. 5) Epic. This vendor is evaluated in 11% of HIE buying The company’s products are based on open standards, decisions, but its data exchange products are considered with cloud-based infrastructure and software-as-a-service mainly for Epic-to-Epic links. However, its HIE offerings inter- applications. Axolotl’s Elysium Express products provide face with non-Epic systems. Epic’s products include Care hospital-to-physician and physician-to-physician connec- Everywhere, an interoperability framework that allows the tivity. Lab results, transcribed reports, referrals and other data exchange between Epic and non-Epic EMR systems. 12 November 2010 © 2010 InformationWeek, Reproduction Prohibited
  13. 13. Health Information ExchangesA n a l y t i c s . I n f o r m a t i o n We e k . c o m S t r a t e g y S e s s i o n Its first phase will launch this month, letting healthcare practitioners and other providers in Montgomery County, Md., exchange patient data, including demographic information, lab and radi- ology results, hospital discharge summaries, and other reports. Using a $10 million state grant and a $9.3 million federal grant, CRISP is expanding statewide, brin- ing in hospitals and other community healthcare providers that have already set up their own HIEs. It also will set up direct links to its exchange for healthcare providers that haven’t already joined an HIE. In the meantime, CRISP has been chosen as Maryland’s Regional Extension Center to help area healthcare providers deploy EHR systems. The nonprofit is using Axolotl’s HIE technology to create the infrastructure for the secure exchange of data under a model where content from hospitals, such as discharge reports, is stored in edge devices either hosted by the hospitals or third parties, says Scott Afzal, CRISP’s program director. This content will be automatically pushed to a patient’s primary care doctor. Other authorized clinicians, like emergency room doctors, would be able to query the exchange as to whether any data is available about a patient arriving in the ER. Hospitals and doctors won’t be charged to use the data initially. Once there’s enough data in the HIE for the value to be clear, they’ll have to pay a still-undetermined subscription fee that won’t be based on transaction volume so as not to provide a disincentive to using the exchange, Afzal says. Coming up with a sustainable model is a significant challenge, Afzal says. “We want to be sure there’s enough data available to make it valuable to participants” before phasing in subscription fees, he says. CRISP will work with EHR vendors and service providers, such as eClinicalWorks and AthenaHealth, to ensure that continuity-of-care data can be exchanged on the Maryland HIE, Afzal says. Such documents contain a patient’s clinical, demographic and administrative data. CRISP’s overall mission is to make it so healthcare providers don’t compete based on the avail- ability of information, Afzal says, but instead on the effective use of health IT to improve care and make practitioners more efficient. Reducing readmissions to hospitals and promoting fol- low-up care are among the goals, and doctors should expect that reimbursement models will shift to encourage these sorts of improvements, he says. When that happens, health informa- tion exchanges, like EHRs, will take off because everyone will benefit. 13 November 2010 © 2010 InformationWeek, Reproduction Prohibited
  14. 14. Health Information ExchangesA n a l y t i c s . I n f o r m a t i o n We e k . c o m S t r a t e g y S e s s i o n The Beacon Communities I n addition to providing funds for the deployment of million to enhance care of pulmonary and congestive e-health record systems, the American Recovery and heart patients. Reinvestment Act includes $235 million awarded to G HealthInsight in Salt Lake City, Utah, received $15.7 17 organizations that are serving as Beacon Communi- million for diabetes management projects. ties. These are programs and projects that serve as role G Indiana Health Information Exchange was awarded models and pilot programs in their use of health IT and data $16 million to expand into additional communities. exchange for improving quality of care for chronically ill pa- G Inland Northwest Health Services in Spokane, Wash., tients. Many Beacon Community efforts rely on the estab- got $15.7 million for diabetes preventative services. lishment of a solid health information exchange to work. G Louisiana Public Health Institute in New Orleans, The Beacon Community grants—averaging about $15 was awarded $13.5 million to improve diabetes control million each—were awarded by the U.S. Department of and smoking cessation rates. Health and Human Services to 15 communities in May, and G Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., received $12.3 mil- two more in September. The funding is to help these ef- lion grant for projects aimed at reducing hospitalization forts build out their health IT infrastructure and data ex- costs and emergency room visits by diabetics and asth- change capabilities. matics, and improving health disparities in rural and un- Among the two latest Beacon Communities selected derserved communities. by HHS is Greater Cincinnati HealthBridge, an HIE pro- G Rhode Island Quality Institute in Providence, R.I., was filed in the main section of this report. HealthBridge was awarded a $15.9 million grant for improving manage- awarded $13.8 million to advance its health information ment of diabetic patients and immunizations rates. exchange program by developing new quality improve- G Rocky Mountain Health Maintenance Organization ment and care coordination initiatives focusing on pedi- in Grand Junction, Colo., got $18.9 million for projects atric asthma patients, adult diabetics and smokers. that include improving blood pressure control in dia- The other Beacon Community recently named was betic and hypertension patients and reducing unneces- South-Eastern Michigan Health Association, which was sary emergency room visits. awarded $16.2 million. SEMHA and its partners in the G Southern Piedmont Community Care Plan in Con- greater Detroit area will use health IT tools and strate- cord, N.C., was granted $15.9 million for coordination of gies to prevent and better manage diabetes. care projects for chronically ill patients. Here’s the list of 15 Beacon Communities chosen by G The Regents University of California in San Diego, HHS in May: was awarded $15.3 million for projects including ex- G Community Services Council of Tulsa, Okla., received panding pre-hospital emergency field care using elec- a $12 million grant for a community-wide health infor- tronic data transmission and improving continuity of mation system for doctors to monitor and improve care care for military personnel and veterans. of diabetic and obese patients. Tulsa has one of the high- G University of Hawaii at Hilo received $16 million to est rates of cardiovascular disease deaths in the nation. implement a regional health information exchange to im- G Delta Health Alliance of Stoneville, Miss., was prove care of patients with chronic diseases and in areas awarded a $14.6 million grant for diabetes management. where there are shortages of healthcare professionals. G Eastern Maine Healthcare System in Brewer, Me., got G Western New York Clinical Information Exchange in $12.7 million for telemedicine projects to help elderly Buffalo, N.Y., was awarded $16 million for project involv- patients in long-term care facilities and at home. ing clinical decision support tools and telemedicine for G Geisinger Clinic in Danville, Pa., was awarded $16 diabetic and heart patients. 14 November 2010 © 2010 InformationWeek, Reproduction Prohibited
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