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New Hampshire Health Information Organization (NHHIO) Selects Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative (MAeHC) as State HIE Executive Director and Orion Health as Technical Vendor

New Hampshire Health Information Organization (NHHIO) Selects Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative (MAeHC) as State HIE Executive Director and Orion Health as Technical Vendor

MAeHC to Develop and Manage NH’s HIE, Connecting Key Healthcare Entities to Increase Efficiencies and Improve Patient Safety Outcomes; Orion Health HIE to Provide HIE Platform and Solutions

Waltham, Mass., February 20, 2013– The Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative (MAeHC), a non-profit pioneer and leader in healthcare delivery through health information technology, announced today that it has been selected by the New Hampshire Health Information Organization (NHHIO) to provide Executive Director Management services for the implementation of the statewide Health Information Exchange (HIE).  The NHHIO, a non-profit organization created by New Hampshire legislation in 2011 to establish a statewide electronic health network for healthcare providers, selected MAeHC to help them lead the State’s HIE initiatives based on the organization’s national reputation and experience working with the New Hampshire healthcare provider community via the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and as the operator of the Regional Extension Center of New Hampshire (RECNH).  As the NHHIO Executive Director of Management services, MAeHC will assist the NHHIO board of directors in providing the overall executive leadership, strategic direction and management for the State’s HIE initiatives which will allow healthcare providers to exchange electronic health information in a secure environment.  The NHHIO also selected Orion Health as the technical vendor to provide the HIE technology backbone and solutions that will enable statewide clinical data sharing.

“We are excited to move forward with MAeHC as the State’s HIE Executive Director. They have a strong reputation for their HIE efforts throughout the country and offer years of experience that will help us achieve our vision to leverage existing resources and close the gaps on information exchange,” said Denise Purington, Chair of the NHHIO. “And Orion Health has long been a trusted partner of the State, where its solutions are being utilized within The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services and in several of the state’s hospitals and other healthcare organizations. Together, we’re certain that we will be able to create a secure and robust Statewide HIE which will reduce costs in healthcare while improving the quality, efficiency and safety of patient care.”

“This project promises to deliver a significant and lasting benefit to the health and safety of the citizens of New Hampshire, and we are thrilled to have such able and respected partners working with us to ensure the success of this critical initiative,” said Nick Toumpas, Commissioner, New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services. “MAeHC and Orion Health have worked closely with stakeholders from the earliest stages of this process, ensuring that our community gets the most utility and benefit from the NHHIO right from the start.  We are very pleased with the progress so far and are looking forward to the next phase.”

MAeHC will help the NHHIO board of directors develop a platform of core services necessary to facilitate the secure routing of data between existing private, local and regional HIE partners. Such information includes summary of care documents such as hospital discharge summaries, referral and consultation notes, as well as lab results and imaging reports.  To support the delivery of these documents and data, the NHHIO will also implement security services such as secure messaging that will be built in alignment with national specifications as well as provider addressing and auditing. Future phases may include an electronic master patient index, record locator services and the expansion of services to other healthcare stakeholders.

“We are honored to have been selected for such a key role in one of the nation’s most advanced state HIE infrastructures,” said Micky Tripathi, CEO of the Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative.  “The New Hampshire initiative is a great example of a private HIE that will be operated differently from the state run initiatives throughout the country. By doing a few things well for a few key constituents, we hope to incrementally build confidence in and utilization of HIE resources for future growth.”

About New Hampshire Health Information Organization (NHHIO)
NHHIO is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization created by legislation that is establishing a statewide electronic health network to share patient health information between health care providers in a timely, secure, and confidential manner. Our goal is to collaborate with hospitals, physicians, community health centers, long term care providers, home care providers and other clinicians involved in the delivery of healthcare. Our vision is to design and implement a secure and robust health information exchange which will lead to the reduction in healthcare cost and improve quality, efficiency, and safety of patient care. In 2010 multi-stakeholder workgroups were formed to address six Health Information Exchange (HIE) planning and operational domains:  Governance, Finance, Technical Infrastructure, Business & Technical Operations, Legal & Policy and Public Health workgroup members were instrumental in the collaborative process that resulted in a Strategic and Operational Plan for Health Information Exchange in New Hampshire that was approved by the Office of the National Coordinator in December of 2010.   This multi stakeholder effort also resulted in legislation that created the NHHIO effective July 5, 2011. To learn more about NHHIO and its board of directors, please visit us at www.nhhio.org

About Orion Health Inc.
Founded in 1993 in Auckland, New Zealand, Orion Health is the only global, independently owned eHealth technology company. With an inherent ability to interconnect a wide variety of healthcare information systems, Orion Health has become the world’s leading provider of health information exchange (HIE) and healthcare integration solutions. Orion Health has extensive experience in the design and installation of complex systems within demanding healthcare environments. Today, Orion Health products and solutions are implemented in more than 30 countries, used by hundreds of thousands of clinicians, and help facilitate care for tens of millions of patients. Clinicians, provider facilities and OEM partners rely on Orion Health to facilitate data exchange between hospitals, health systems, HIEs, and affiliated providers and medical devices, resulting in improved care coordination, increased cost savings and efficiencies, and enhanced quality of care.

In the U.S., Orion Health™ HIE provides the technology backbone for state and regional HIEs across the country. Orion Health Rhapsody® Integration Engine is used by nearly all state and local health departments for public health reporting. Customers include Catholic Health Initiatives, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Beacon Community of the Inland Northwest, Geisinger Health System, Inland Empire HIE, Kaiser Permanente, Lahey Clinic, Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum, Lehigh Valley Health Network, Maine HealthInfoNet, Massachusetts Health Information Highway and St. Vincent’s HealthCare. For more information, visit www.orionhealth.com. Connect with us on Twitter, facebook and LinkedIn.

About Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative (MAeHC)
The Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative is a national leader in the facilitation and management of electronic health record deployment, health information exchange and quality measure reporting. MAeHC is an independent non-profit corporation with a charitable mission to improve the delivery of health care by promoting the use of health IT.  Formed in 2004 as a collaboration of non-profit health care stakeholders to demonstrate the most effective ways to deploy EHRs and HIE to improve the quality, safety, efficiency, and affordability of care in Massachusetts, MAeHC now works across the United States with a wide range of physician practices, hospitals, state governments, contracting networks, management services organizations, HIE organizations, technology vendors, and consulting firms.  To learn more about the Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative, please visit www.maehc.org.

February 22, 2013 I Written By

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Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative (MAeHC) and MITRE to Participate in popHealth Demonstration at HIMSS 2012 Interoperability Showcase – #HIMSS12

The Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative (MAeHC), a non-profit pioneer and leader in healthcare delivery through health information technology, announced today that it has partnered with MITRE’s Center for Transforming Health to demonstrate comparative measure results for meaningful use quality metrics reporting at the HIMSS 2012 Annual Conference & Exhibition in Las Vegas, NV from February 20-24.  MAeHC will showcase its recently ONC-ATB certified commercially- available Quality Data Center (QDC) in comparison with the ONC-sponsored popHealth tool by MITRE to evaluate quality measures at the HIMSS Interoperability Showcase in Hall G, Exhibit Booth #11000, ONC/FHA area.

MAeHC and MITRE to Demonstrate Comparison of the MAeHC Quality Data Center Meaningful Use Measure Reporting with PopHealth

Waltham, Mass., February 21, 2012 – The Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative (MAeHC), a non-profit pioneer and leader in healthcare delivery through health information technology, announced today that it has partnered with MITRE’s Center for Transforming Health, a not-for-profit organization chartered to work in the public interest, to demonstrate comparative measure results for meaningful use quality metrics reporting at the HIMSS 2012 Annual Conference & Exhibition in Las Vegas, NV from February 20-24.  MAeHC will showcase its recently ONC-ATB certified commercially- available Quality Data Center (QDC) in comparison with the ONC-sponsored popHealth tool by MITRE to evaluate quality  measures at the HIMSS Interoperability Showcase in Hall G, Exhibit Booth #11000, ONC/FHA area.

To support the growing need for quality metrics in healthcare, the HIMSS Interoperability Showcase has dedicated this year’s exhibition to “Breaking Barriers to Interoperable Healthcare” to provide an educational forum for attendees by featuring health IT solutions from vendors and government-funded initiatives. This year’s solutions include the MAeHC QDC, a standards-based web application which securely extracts, aggregates, and analyzes patient level health information from EHR and HIE systems, and popHealth, an open-source clinical quality measure reporting reference implementation that works with a provider’s electronic health record (EHR) system, to evaluate quality measures for a population of patients, and share benchmarked results as well as observations and lessons learned for providers and vendors engaged in clinical data analytics.

“The future is already here, and it’s in data analytics,” said Micky Tripathi, CEO of the Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative. “The MAeHC QDC is a commercially-available, federally-certified data analytics solution which takes in and analyzes millions of patient records annually.  As a non-profit organization, we were delighted to accept the invitation to work with MITRE and benchmark our production QDC with the popHealth tool and to share the results at the HIMSS Interoperability Showcase.  As we will show at HIMSS, the tools are available today for healthcare providers to affordably bridge the gap between the limited capabilities of their independent clinical systems and the information mastery required for value based health care delivery such as accountable care and patient-centered medical home, but we’ve still got a long way to go before we can call these solutions plug-n-play.”

MAeHC delivers hands-on tactical support and sustainable strategies to help providers improve healthcare delivery within their own organizations and across communities. The QDC uniquely helps MAeHC connect communities by providing a comprehensive, on-demand data warehousing solution that seamlessly extracts and aggregates data from multiple clinical systems and provides timely feedback that helps clinical teams improve overall quality.

In 2009, ONC sponsored the development of the open-source popHealth tool by MITRE, a not-for-profit organization chartered to work solely in the public interest, to empower providers to easily perform their own clinical quality measures analysis as well as promote easier submission of meaningful use clinical quality measures to public health organizations. Both solutions support the electronic specifications for all 44 of the Meaningful Use Stage 1 clinical quality measures for eligible professionals. At the Interoperability Showcase, the QDC and popHealth solutions will pull from a common source set of HITSP C32 standard documents, to demonstrate the interoperability of these systems for producing Clinical Quality Measure results that streamline the submission of clinical quality measure reports for Meaningful Use and other purposes.

“Through our partnership with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, we are able to support enabling innovative solutions to address complex national problems,” said Joy Keeler Tobin, Chief of Health Informatics for MITRE’s Center for Transforming Health. “MITRE is excited about popHealth’s impact on the healthcare community and introducing a tool that easily reports and applies what is learned to the delivery of healthcare,” said Tobin. “We hope the joint popHealth and MAeHC QDC demonstrations will illustrate the true power of interoperability.”

For additional information regarding the HIMSS Interoperability Showcase, the hours and list of participants, visit: http://www.himssconference.org/exhibition/interop.aspx.

For more information about popHealth, visit ONC’s home page: www.projectpophealth.org.

About Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative (MAeHC)

The Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative is a national leader in the facilitation and management of electronic health record deployment, health information exchange and quality measure reporting. MAeHC is an independent non-profit corporation with a charitable mission to improve the delivery of health care by promoting the use of health IT.  Formed in 2004 as a collaboration of non-profit health care stakeholders to demonstrate the most effective ways to deploy EHRs and HIE to improve the quality, safety, efficiency, and affordability of care in Massachusetts, MAeHC now works across the United States with a wide range of physician practices, hospitals, state governments, contracting networks, management services organizations, HIE organizations, technology vendors, and consulting firms.  To learn more about the Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative, please visit www.maehc.org.

About The MITRE Corporation

The MITRE Corporation is a not-for-profit organization that provides systems engineering, research and development, and information technology support to the government. It operates federally funded research and development centers for the Department of Defense, the Federal Aviation Administration, the Internal Revenue Service and Department of Veterans Affairs, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, with principal locations in Bedford, Mass., and McLean, Va. To learn more, visit: www.mitre.org.

February 21, 2012 I Written By

Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative Helps Adirondack Region Medical Home Project Achieve Major Milestone in Care Coordination

The Adirondack Region Medical Home Pilot Program, with implementation support services from the Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative (MAeHC), recently had 29 of 31 primary care practices recognized as Level 3 NCQA Recognition – the highest level achievable.

Key highlights from the announcement today include:

•       With MAeHC’s support and expertise, the Adirondack PCMH met and exceeded the HEAL 10 New York grant initial project goal of NCQA Level 2 Recognition for all participating practices.
•       NCQA’s PCMH Recognition Program evaluates the use of health information technology like EHRs to capture patient information and ensure that all necessary providers have uninterrupted access to critical data.
•       The Adirondack Regional Medical Home Pilot Project is a collaborative effort to transform the delivery healthcare system in rural upstate New York through a PCMH model and the implementation of health information technology.

New York State Patient Centered Medical Home Pilot Program Far Exceeds Federal Grant Requirements with Level 3 NCQA Recognition of 29 Practices

Waltham, Mass., December 12, 2011 – The Adirondack Region Medical Home Pilot Program recently had 29 of 31 primary care practices recognized as Level 3 Patient Centered Medical Homes from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) – the highest level achievable. With the implementation support services and expertise of the Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative (MAeHC), the healthcare providers of the Adirondack region were able to meet and exceed the HEAL 10 New York grant initial project goal of NCQA Level 2 Recognition for all participating practices. This accomplishment marks a major milestone in the Adirondack Medical Home Project and the collaborative effort to transform the healthcare delivery system in this rural, upstate New York region.

The NCQA’s PCMH Recognition Program acknowledges physician practices that emphasize a team-based approach to patient care, with a focus on coordination of care, quality, safety and preventative care of chronic conditions. A key component of this NCQA designation is the use of health information technology like electronic health records (EHRs) to capture patient information and ensure that all necessary providers have uninterrupted access to critical data. To facilitate the use of EHRs, pilot participants enlisted the support services of the Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative. MAeHC offered expert implementation services to assist in vendor selection, workflow design and optimization and EHR deployment.

“Having 29 of the 31 primary practices achieve the Level 3 Medical Home designation is an outstanding achievement for the Adirondacks PCMH project and for our region at large.  It is a powerful demonstration of our shared commitment to clinical quality, continuity of care, EHR adoption and creating a community of health and wellness,” said Karen Ashline, Pod Director of the Plattsburgh community for the Adirondacks Medical Home Project. “Without the knowledge and dedication of the MAeHC team this level of interoperability and PCP document standardization would have been virtually impossible.”

The Adirondack Region Medical Home Pilot Project, which began in January 2010, is a joint initiative of medical providers and public and private insurers.  Organized into three geographic pods across the Adirondack North Country region, the program was designed to improve the coordination and management of patient care through a patient centered medical home (PCMH) model and the implementation of interoperable health information technology.

“The Adirondacks PCMH initiative has really set the bar for creating a strategic process to bring together a large number of primary practices, in the most rural of communities, to build a secure and quality medical home model,” said Micky Tripathi, CEO of the Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative. “This highest NCQA recognition is even more significant when considering the quality improvement element that evaluates patient and provider satisfaction and quality outcomes.  This achievement recognizes not only what the health information infrastructure of the Adirondacks Region Medical Home Project can do, but also measures the overall improvement on quality of care.”

To improve and enhance regional healthcare services, the HEAL 10 New York grant is supporting collaborative projects like the Adirondack PCMH pilot across all regions of New York State.

About Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative (MAeHC)

The Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative is a national leader in the facilitation and management of electronic health record deployment, health information exchange and quality measure reporting. MAeHC was formed in 2004 to bring together the state’s major health care stakeholders for the purpose of establishing an electronic health record system that would enhance the quality, efficiency, and safety of care in Massachusetts. MAeHC’s charitable mission is to transform the delivery of health care by promoting the use of health IT through community-based adoption of electronic health records and health information exchange. To learn more about the Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative, please visit www.maehc.org.

About Northern Adirondack Medical Home Project

The Adirondack Region Medical Home project is a joint initiative of medical providers and public and private insurers to transform health care delivery in the rural, upstate New York Region. As the largest Medical Home Pilot Project in the country, its goals are to improve care, expand access and contain costs by providing a new model for the delivery of health care services that emphasizes the role of primary care. Partners in this project include health care providers in 31 practices (representing 105 physicians and 90 physician assistants and nurse practitioners) and five hospitals across the counties of Clinton, Essex, Franklin and Hamilton.  Primary care providers are from CVPH and the surrounding Plattsburgh area, Elizabethtown Community Hospital, Malone and Alice Hyde Medical Center, Adirondack Medical Center and the Trudeau Health System, Hudson Headwaters Health Network, Inter-lakes Health, and the Smith House Health Care Center.

December 19, 2011 I Written By

The Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative’s Quality Data Center Receives ONC-ATCB 2011/2012 Certification

MAeHC Data Warehousing Solution Now Certified as EHR Module; Offers Comprehensive, Flexible and Automated Reporting Options for Providers

Waltham, Mass., November 29, 2011 – The Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative (MAeHC), a pioneer and leader in healthcare delivery through health information technology, announced today that its Quality Data Center version 2.0 is 2011/2012 compliant and was certified as an EHR Module on October 28, 2011 by the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT®), an ONC-ATCB, in accordance with the applicable eligible provider certification criteria adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services. The 2011/2012 criteria support the Stage 1 meaningful use measures required to qualify eligible providers and hospitals for funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

The Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative (MAeHC) works to deliver sustainable strategies and hands-on tactical support to bring together healthcare communities and improve healthcare delivery for patients and providers. With its Quality Data Center (QDC), a comprehensive, on-demand data warehousing solution, MAeHC helps organizations launch and sustain continuous improvement. The QDC seamlessly extracts and aggregates data from multiple clinical systems and provides timely feedback that helps clinical teams improve overall quality.

“We believe the ONC-ATCB certification of the MAeHC QDC solution marks a significant milestone for our quality reporting offering, and is very important for our clients seeking to qualify for meaningful use reimbursement,” said Micky Tripathi, CEO of the Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative. “The QDC addresses a critical need in the market right now created by the limited reporting capabilities of most EHRs.  Our solution gives providers the flexibility to track a wide range of metrics and do their meaningful use reporting on the data that are most appropriate to their practice.”

The ONC-ATCB 2011/2012 certification program tests and certifies that Complete EHRs meet all of the 2011/2012 criteria and EHR Modules meet one or more – but not all – of the criteria approved by the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) for either eligible provider or hospital technology.
“CCHIT is pleased to be testing and certifying products so that companies are now able to offer these products to providers who wish to purchase and implement certified EHR technology and achieve meaningful use in time for the 2011-2012 incentives,” said Karen M. Bell, M.D., M.S.S., Chair, CCHIT.

The MAeHC Quality Data Center version 2.0’s certification number is CC-1112-001002-1. ONC-ATCB 2011/2012 certification conferred by CCHIT does not represent an endorsement of the certified EHR technology by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services nor does it guarantee the receipt of incentive payments.

The MAeHC Quality Data Center version 2.0, meets the following certification criteria:

General Criteria
•       170.302(o): Access control
•       170.302(p): Emergency access (Exempted)
•       170.302(q): Automatic log-off
•       170.302(r): Audit log
•       170.302(s): Integrity
•       170.302(t): Authentication
•       170.302(u): General encryption
•       170.302(v): Encryption when exchanging electronic health information

Ambulatory Criteria
•       170.304.j: Calculate and submit clinical quality measures

The clinical quality measures to which the MAeHC Quality Data Center version 2.0 has been certified include all 44 Ambulatory Clinical Quality Measures. The full list can be viewed here: http://onc-chpl.force.com/ehrcert/EHRProductDetail?id=a0X30000005AKTjEAO&retURL=%2Fehrcert%2FEHRProductSearch&setting=Ambulatory

About Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative (MAeHC)

The Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative is a national leader in the facilitation and management of electronic health record deployment, health information exchange and quality measure reporting. MAeHC was formed in 2004 to bring together the state’s major health care stakeholders for the purpose of establishing an electronic health record system that would enhance the quality, efficiency, and safety of care in Massachusetts. MAeHC’s charitable mission is to transform the delivery of health care by promoting the use of health IT through community-based adoption of electronic health records and health information exchange. To learn more about the Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative, please visit www.maehc.org.

About CCHIT

The Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT®) is an independent, 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with the public mission of accelerating the adoption of robust, interoperable health information technology.  The Commission has been certifying electronic health record technology since 2006 and is approved by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as an Authorized Testing and Certification Body (ONC-ATCB).  More information on CCHIT, CCHIT Certified® products and ONC-ATCB certified electronic health record technology is available at http://cchit.org.

About ONC-ATCB 2011/2012 certification

The ONC-ATCB 2011/2012 certification program tests and certifies that EHR technology is capable of meeting the 2011/2012 criteria approved by the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS). The certifications include Complete EHRs, which meet all of the 2011/2012 criteria for either eligible provider or hospital technology and EHR Modules, which meet one or more – but not all – of the criteria. ONC-ATCB certification aligns with Health Information Technology: Initial Set of Standards, Implementation Specifications, and Certification Criteria for Electronic Health Record Technology published in the Federal Register in July 2010 and strictly adheres to the test procedures published by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) at the time of testing. ONC-ATCB 2011/2012 certification conferred by the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT®) does not represent an endorsement of the certified EHR technology by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services nor does it guarantee the receipt of incentive payments.

November 30, 2011 I Written By

Operations of Electronic Health Records of Rhode Island Become Part of the Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative

The Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative (MAeHC) today announced that the Electronic Health Records of Rhode Island (EHRRI) has donated certain activities and operations – consistent with the charitable missions of both organizations – to MAeHC. As part of MAeHC, members of the former EHRRI team will continue to provide a local Rhode Island presence, representation on professional committees, and maintain relationships with existing EHRRI customers.

Massachusetts-based Leader in Community EHR Implementation and Strategy and Rhode Island EHR Consultancy Come Together to Drive EHR Adoption Across New England

Waltham, MA  – August 17, 2011 — The Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative (MAeHC), a national leader in the facilitation and management of electronic health record deployment, health information exchange and quality data warehousing and analysis, today announced that the Electronic Health Records of Rhode Island (EHRRI) has donated certain activities and operations – consistent with the charitable missions of both organizations – to MAeHC.

The Electronic Health Records of Rhode Island (EHRRI) is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization, established in 2005, by five Rhode Island-based physician groups with the purpose of facilitating the adoption and use of electronic health records in the state. Over the years, while carrying out its mission of improving the quality, safety and efficiency of medical care, EHRRI has provided support and services to more than 500 physicians in RI.

As part of MAeHC, members of the former EHRRI team will continue to provide a local Rhode Island presence, representation on professional committees, and maintain relationships with existing EHRRI customers.  To ensure these continued operations, MAeHC has leased EHRRI’s former offices at One Davol Square in Providence and will continue to support EHRRI customers.

“Involving the Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative represented the ideal transition for our organization’s original mission to improve the delivery of healthcare through community-based adoption of electronic medical records. We are confident that as part of the agreement with MAeHC, this mission will not only be honored but extend new and critical services into the Rhode Island marketplace,” said Joel Kaufman, M.D., Chairman of the Board, EHRRI, and Executive Director & CEO Lifespan/Physicians PSO.

Under the agreement, neither EHRRI nor MAeHC will serve in the role of an exclusive distributor of eClinicalWorks EHR solutions.  Rather, MAeHC d/b/a EHRRI will expand upon the successful model of local practice implementation, support and education for Rhode Island providers while capitalizing on MAeHC’s vendor neutral experience in the areas of Strategic Advisory Services, Patient Centered Medical Home, Health Information Exchange and Quality Data Warehousing and Analysis via MAeHC’s proprietary Quality Data Center.  Also as part of the agreement, MAeHC will establish a Rhode Island Advisory Committee which will include prior EHHRI Directors or designees and Rhode Island-based physicians.

“EHRRI has done an amazing job in fulfilling its mission of facilitating rapid EHR adoption and implementation in Rhode Island, and we are truly honored that they have entrusted us with continuing their mission in Rhode Island” said Micky Tripathi, President and CEO, MAeHC. “We are ready to begin building upon this infrastructure and moving forward to offer a wider range of solutions to continue to pursue the mission of improving the quality, safety and efficiency of medical care.  We hope to play a major role across Rhode Island and New England in helping provider organizations achieve meaningful use and realize the tremendous benefits of EHR and HIE technology.”

About Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative (MAeHC)

The Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative is a national leader in the facilitation and management of electronic health record deployment, health information exchange and quality measure reporting. MAeHC was formed in 2004 to bring together the state’s major health care stakeholders for the purpose of establishing an electronic health record system that would enhance the quality, efficiency, and safety of care in Massachusetts. MAeHC’s charitable mission is to transform the delivery of health care by promoting the use of health IT through community-based adoption of electronic health records and health information exchange. To learn more about the Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative, please visit www.maehc.org

August 24, 2011 I Written By

New Hampshire Governor Lynch Signs Key Health Information Exchange Bill; MAeHC to Provide HIE Expertise

The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has launched the state’s Health Information Organization.  Governor John Lynch recently signed the House Bill 489 officially establishing New  Hampshire’s Health Information Organization  (NH-HIO). By request of the New Hampshire stakeholders, the Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative (MAeHC) was asked to provide expert advisory services, volunteer workgroup facilitation and planning support to the HIE project.  MAeHC is a pioneer and national leader in HIE implementation.

Pioneering HIE Expert, MAeHC, to Continue Coordinating e-Health Adoption Efforts with New Hampshire Health Care Leaders and Stakeholders

Waltham, Mass., August 10, 2011 – The Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative (MAeHC) congratulates the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) on the launch of the state’s Health Information Organization.  In a recent New Hampshire Statehouse ceremony Governor John Lynch signed House Bill 489, which officially established the New Hampshire Health Information Organization (NH-HIO).

“This new law allows the creation of a health information organization, which will mean a faster, easier and more secure transfer of health records, saving time and money, while still protecting patient privacy,” said Governor Lynch.

HB 489 is the culmination of several years  of  collaborative  planning  among more than 80 stakeholders working closely  with  the  New  Hampshire  General  Court.  DHHS’ Office of Health Information Technology (OHIT) led the planning effort with support from the Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative (MAeHC) and the NH Institute for Health Policy and Practice at the University of New Hampshire (UNH).

“The establishment of NH-HIO is a testament to the vision, dedication, and hard work of health care providers, state government leaders, health insurers and consumers across the Granite State,” said Micky Tripathi, CEO of the Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative.  “We are honored that NH-HIO has allowed MAeHC to play a key role in the development and support of the health information exchange.”

By request of the New Hampshire stakeholders, MAeHC was asked to provide expert advisory services, volunteer workgroup facilitation and planning support to the HIE project.  MAeHC, a pioneer in HIE implementation, also operates New Hampshire’s Regional Extension Center (REC-NH), which assists New Hampshire clinicians and hospitals with the adoption of health information technology and achievement of Meaningful Use goals. Together, the NH-HIO and REC-NH will collaborate to provide safe, coordinated and high quality care for New Hampshire patients.

About Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative (MAeHC)

The Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative is a national leader in the facilitation and management of electronic health record deployment, health information exchange and quality measure reporting. MAeHC was formed in 2004 to bring together the state’s major health care stakeholders for the purpose of establishing an electronic health record system that would enhance the quality, efficiency, and safety of care in Massachusetts. MAeHC’s charitable mission is to transform the delivery of health care by promoting the use of health IT through community-based adoption of electronic health records and health information exchange. To learn more about the Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative, please visit www.maehc.org

August 19, 2011 I Written By

New Hampshire State Health Information Organization Officially Launched

The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) today announced the launching  of  the  State’s Health Information Organization.  Governor John Lynch recently signed the House Bill 489, a collaborative bill with over 80 stakeholders, officially  establishing  New  Hampshire’s  Health Information  Organization  (NH-HIO) that allows for the development of a safer, more secure, and more efficient electronic pathway for patient health records.

Concord,  NH  –  The  New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)  is  announcing  the  launching  of  the  State’s Health Information Organization.  In  a  recent Statehouse ceremony Governor John Lynch signed House   Bill  489  which  officially established  New  Hampshire’s  Health Information  Organization  (NH-HIO).   HB 489 is the culmination of several years  of collaborative planning  among more than 80 stakeholders working closely  with  the  New  Hampshire  General  Court.  DHHS’ Office of Health Information Technology (OHIT) led the planning effort with support from the Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative (MAeHC) and the NH Institute for Health Policy and Practice at the University of New Hampshire (UNH).

“Technology should do for the health care industry what it is has done for many other industries, and that’s create efficiency and lower costs. By signing House Bill 489 into law that is exactly what we are doing here in New Hampshire,” Gov.  Lynch said. “This new law allows the creation of a health information organization, which will mean a faster, easier and more secure transfer of health records, saving time and money, while still protecting patient privacy.”

“This  new  law  institutes  an  organization  to develop a safe and secure pathway  for  the  transmittal  of information for clinical decision making purposes,”  said  New  Hampshire  State  Representative Alida Millham. “The planning process for this legislation and been long and careful.  It represents a process that included all the stakeholders and worked to represent all the needs for such a structure. This is an important step in our collective desire for an efficient, effective, safe, accountable, and high quality health care system.”

NH-HIO  has  been  carefully  designed  to meet the goals of protecting the privacy  and  security  of  personal  health information while creating the infrastructure  that  will  help  providers  coordinate  patient care while reducing  administrative  costs.  For example, with the NH-HIO in place, a patient’s primary care provider will be able to securely send an electronic summary of that patient’s medical record to a hospital when the patient is admitted or to a specialist when the patient is referred for a consult. In turn,  the  hospital  or specialist  will  be able to send a record of the hospital  or  specialist visit, along with laboratory and radiology results associated  with the visit, back to the primary care physician. Regardless of  where  a patient receives care, each care provider will have easier and more timely  access  to  needed patient information than they do today and patients  can  be  assured  that  only  authorized providers have access to personal health information.

“Coordinating  the  multitude  of  governmental  and private sector health technology  initiatives  is  a  massive  and complex undertaking, even in a small state like ours,” said David Towne, the New Hampshire State Health IT Coordinator.  “I envision that the NH-HIO will be a unifying, collaborative organization  that  will  identify  and  implement  cross-cutting “win-win” health  IT  initiatives  that  benefit  health  care providers, health care purchasers, and most of all, patients.”

“The establishment of NH-HIO is a testament to the vision, dedication, and hard  work  of  health  care  providers,  state  government leaders, health insurers,  and  consumers  across  the  Granite  State.  A secure statewide network will be a great boost to the individual technological advances that hospitals and physicians have already been making here,” said Micky Tripathi, CEO of the Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative.

“The launch of NH-HIO marks an important step forward for New Hampshire on a  path  that started with Governor John Lynch’s and the NH Citizens Health Initiative’s   efforts  surrounding  ePrescribing  and  health  information exchange  between  2007  and  2009,”  said Patrick Miller, NH Institute for Health  Policy  and  Practice,  University  of  New Hampshire.  “We are now clearly  on  the  path  to a health care system that delivers safer, higher quality,  more  coordinated, and more efficient care with the assistance of technology.”

NH-HIO plans to hold its first Board of Directors meeting later this month and will begin operating as a private not-for-profit corporation shortly thereafter.

For more information about DHHS’ OHIT visit www.dhhs.state.nh.us/hie/index.htm; for information about the Massachusetts eHealth   Collaborative visit www.maehc.org; and for information about the NH Institute for Health Policy and Practice visit: http://chhs.unh.edu/nhihpp/index.html.

August 14, 2011 I Written By

eHealth Initiative Announces 2011 Board of Directors

January 6, 2011, Washington, D.C. – The eHealth Initiative (eHI) announced the industry leaders nominated for the 2011 Board of Directors, which will be led by the new Chair William F. Jessee, MD, FACMPE, FACPM, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Medical Group Management Association, and Vice Chair Micky Tripathi, PhD, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative.

The new Board members will be approved at eHI’s Annual Meeting and Conference, taking place in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 19-20, 2011.

“We are proud to have so many of the nation’s experts and healthcare leaders join our Board. With the direction and guidance provided by this diverse group, the eHealth Initiative can continue to drive progress in the quality and health technology arenas,” said Jennifer Covich Bordenick, Chief Executive Officer of the eHealth Initiative.

Jessee and Tripathi will be joined on the Board’s leadership by Secretary Cindy Ehnes, Director of the California Department of Managed Care; and Treasurer Denny Van Liew, Senior Director of Pfizer’s Strategic Management Group. Robert Marotta, Esq., Senior Vice President and Chief Regulatory Counsel for WebMD, will serve as Chairman Emeritus.

“It is an honor to head such a prestigious organization. eHI’s accomplishments over the last several years have been phenomenal,” said Jessee, who has served as an eHI board member for three years. “But 2011 is shaping up to be a critical year for health information technology. No organization is better able to unite the relevant stakeholders than eHI, and we are well-positioned to play an integral role in shaping the field for years to come.”

The 2011 eHealth Initiative Board of Directors will be filled by the following national health care leaders:

  • Janet Corrigan, President and CEO, National Quality Forum
  • Cindy Ehnes, Director of the California Department of Managed Care (Secretary, Board of Directors)
  • Thomas Fritz, Chief Executive Officer, Inland Northwest Health Services
  • Daniel Garret, Partner and Health Industry IT (HIT) Practice Leader, PriceWaterhouseCoopers
  • John Glaser, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer, Health Services, Siemens
  • Sam Ho, M.D., United Healthcare, Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer
  • William F. Jessee, MD, FACMPE, FACPM, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Medical Group Management Association (Chairman, Board of Directors)
  • Meera Kanhouwa, M.D., Vice President and Medical Information Officer, MedPlus, Inc.
  • Michael Kappel, Senior Vice President, Government Strategy and Relations, McKesson
  • Donald Kemper, Chairman and CEO, Healthwise; Board Member, Ix Alliance
  • Jack Lewin, M.D., Chief Executive Officer, American College of Cardiology
  • Leonard Lichtenfeld, M.D., Deputy Chief Medical Officer, American Cancer Society
  • Donna Lynne, President, Kaiser Permanente Colorado
  • Robert Marotta, Esq., Senior Vice President and Regulatory Counsel, WebMD (Chairman Emeritus, Board of Directors)
  • William Morris, M.D., Director, Medical Informatics, Cleveland Clinic
  • John Rother, Executive Vice President of Policy and Strategy, AARP
  • Tehseen Salimi, M.D., Vice President, Global Evidence and Value Development, Sanofi-aventis
  • Steven Stack, M.D., Member, Board of Trustees, American Medical Association
  • Micky Tripathi, PhD, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative (Vice Chairman, Board of Directors, Chairman of Foundation for eHealth Initiative)
  • Denny Van Liew, Senior Director of Pfizer’s Strategic Management Group (Treasurer, Board of Directors)

More information about the eHealth Initiative and its 2011 Board of Directors are available online at www.ehealthinitiative.org.

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About the eHealth Initiative: The eHealth Initiative (eHI) is a Washington D.C.-based, independent, non-profit organization whose mission is to drive improvements in the quality, safety, and efficiency of healthcare through information and information technology.

Working with its 210 member organizations, eHI works to create a world where consumers, health care providers, and those responsible for population health will have ready access to timely, relevant, reliable and secure information and services through an interconnected, electronic health information infrastructure to support better health and healthcare.

January 6, 2011 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.