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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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Exeter Hospital and Core Physicians Celebrate Successful Stage One Meaningful Use Attestation

Today Exeter Hospital and its affiliated multi-specialty group practice, Core Physicians, announced its recent completion of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Stage One Meaningful Use (MU) Certification for Electronic Health Records (EHR).

Key highlights from the announcement include:
•       Exeter and Core Physicians successfully established 88 providers to MU
•       This New Hampshire hospital is the largest NextGen Client to achieve this milestone
•       This forward-thinking community-based hospital and affiliated group practice had set internal IT goals years before MU came into fruition, and yet these internal standards ultimately matched up with MU standards
•       In addition to recently receiving its first CMS EHR incentive payments, Exeter Hospital is also a sub-recipient of funds from the Regional Extension Center of New Hampshire (RECNH).

Forward-thinking New Hampshire Community-based Hospital and Affiliated Multi-Specialty Group Practice Embrace Meaningful Use as Natural Extension of Existing Quality Initiatives

Exeter, NH, December 5, 2011 — Exeter Hospital and its affiliated multi-specialty group practice, Core Physicians, recently completed the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Stage One Meaningful Use (MU) Certification for Electronic Health Records (EHR). As the largest NextGen client to achieve this milestone, Exeter Hospital and Core Physicians successfully established 88 providers to MU.

To help bring higher quality and safer care to patients through broader adoption of EHRs, the ARRA HITECH Act of 2009 provided financial incentives to hospitals and providers who become “meaningful users” of EHRs. Prior to the announcement of MU incentives, Exeter Hospital and Core Physicians had already internally set clinical goals that ultimately came to fall under MU standards. With its forward-thinking philosophy and achievement of Stage One MU criteria, Exeter Hospital and Core Physicians not only stand as leaders in the state, but also among the first healthcare providers nationally to demonstrate that they are using certified EHR technology in ways to improve clinical quality.

“Successfully achieving Stage One is not only a significant milestone for Exeter Hospital and Core Physicians, but it is also an excellent validation of the work we have been doing and internal standards we set years ago before MU came into fruition,” said Sean O’Neil, Vice President of Organizational Excellence with Core Physicians. “Patient safety and quality of care have always been the foundation of our strategic platform and we have long believed in the ability of technology to help providers practice better medicine and to provide better care.”

In addition to recently receiving its first CMS EHR incentive payments, Exeter Hospital is also a sub-recipient of funds from the Regional Extension Center of New Hampshire (RECNH).

“Exeter Hospital and its multi-specialty group practice, Core Physicians, are true leaders in the New Hampshire healthcare community. The fact that the internal health IT goals set years ago ultimately matched the MU standards is a real testament to the innovative thinking and quality patient care offered through Exeter Hospital and Core Physicians,” said Jeff Loughlin, Executive Director, RECNH. “The REC of NH is proud to offer these organizations financial assistance as it furthers its long-standing health IT goals.”

“The primary reason we are so far ahead of many other organizations of our size in the country is because of our clinicians, providers, practice managers, Information Services team and support staff,” said David Briden, Chief Information Officer for Exeter Health Resources, parent company of Exeter Hospital and Core Physicians. “MU is core to our mission and because of the staff’s efforts, along with the vision and support of our senior leaders and board members, we are in this favorable position.  The additional support and funding from CMS and the RECNH has helped justify and expedite our IT progress, while leveraging EHR technology has allowed us to do things we never would have been able to do in a paper world. As a result, we are able to know our patients better and make knowledgeable, quicker clinical decisions that ultimately help lead to safer and better quality care.”

Moving forward, Exeter Hospital and Core Physicians are working to improve interoperability between neighboring healthcare providers like the Community Health Access Network (CHAN) and its affiliate Lamprey Health Care with a goal of seamless integration to ensure improved patient care across the entire Exeter region of New Hampshire.

About Exeter Hospital

Exeter Hospital is a community-based hospital that serves residents from 38 towns in New Hampshire’s Seacoast Region. The hospital’s mission is to improve the health of the communities it serves. For more information, visit exeterhospital.com or call (603) 580-6668.

About Core Physicians

Core Physicians is a community based, multi-specialty group practice affiliated with Exeter Hospital. Core Physicians fundamental mission is to improve the health of individuals and families in the communities it serves. For more information about Core Physicians visit corephysicians.org.

December 10, 2011 I Written By

Cottage Hospital Becomes First Critical Access Hospital in New England to Achieve CMS Stage 1 Meaningful Use Certification for Electronic Health Records

Cottage Hospital yesterday announced the completed attestation for the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Stage 1 Meaningful Use (MU) certification on July 15, 2011, making it the first critical access hospital (CAH) in New England to achieve that milestone. Now Cottage is not only a leader in the state but also among the first healthcare providers nationally to demonstrate that it is using certified EHR technology in ways to improve clinical quality and care.

Woodsville, NH – Cottage Hospital completed attestation for the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Stage 1 Meaningful Use (MU) certification on July 15, 2011, making it the first critical access hospital (CAH) in New England to achieve that milestone. Cottage Hospital was the second hospital of any kind in the state of New Hampshire to complete attestation for Stage 1 MU following the Elliot Health System of Manchester which attested on July 13.

To help bring higher quality and safer care to patients through broader adoption of electronic health records (EHRs), the ARRA HITECH Act of 2009 has provided incentives to hospitals and physicians who become “meaningful users” of EHRs. In achieving the Stage 1 Meaningful Use criteria, Cottage is not only a leader in the state but also among the first healthcare providers nationally to demonstrate that it is using certified EHR technology in ways to improve clinical quality and care.

“The achievement to successfully reach Stage 1 Meaningful Use was the result of a total commitment by every department at Cottage, and the pivotal assistance of the Regional Extension Center of NH,” said Gary Tomlinson, Director of Management Information Systems. “At Cottage Hospital the patient always comes first, and enhancing patient care through the use of technology is the real accomplishment behind achieving Stage 1 Meaningful Use.”

“One of the most impressive aspects of Cottage’s rapid attestation for Stage I is that they accomplished the task with so few resources – this 25-bed hospital on the New Hampshire-Vermont border was able to achieve something that has so far eluded far larger organizations with much bigger teams and much deeper pockets,” said Jeff Loughlin, Executive Director, Regional Extension Center of New Hampshire (RECNH). “As an arm of the ONC supporting provider organizations in achieving meaningful use, we were honored to help Cottage by providing an experienced “sanity check” on its plan and approach, as well as some tools and support for ensuring the hospital’s readiness. Despite its size, Cottage is a true leader in the NH healthcare community and deserves every bit of recognition for this significant achievement.”

“Cottage Hospital’s vision to attain a full Electronic Health Record (EHR) was a strategic objective driven by the hospital leadership team and board of trustees. The initiative was started over seven years ago and the definition and guidance of Meaningful Use provided us with a clear road map of how to accomplish this goal,” said Steven Plant, Chief Financial Officer.

A CAH is designated as such by its State and by CMS for meeting the following criteria:
•       Participates in Medicare
•       Is located in a rural area and is more than a 35-mile (15 in mountainous
•       terrain) drive from any other hospital
•       Maintains no more than 25 inpatient beds
•       Maintains an annual average length of stay of 96 hours or less per patient
•       Complies with all CAH Conditions of Participation, including the requirement to make available 24-hour emergency care services 7 days per week

About Cottage Hospital
Cottage Hospital is a 25 bed, critical access hospital serving the beautiful Upper Connecticut River Valley. For additional information regarding Cottage Hospital and any of our services visit us on the web at www.cottagehospital.org or call (603)747-9000.

July 27, 2011 I Written By