Category: CORHIO in the News

  • At iHT2-Denver, Discussion of HIE Turns to Cultural and Business Issues

    Date: July 21st, 2015Source: Healthcare InformaticsTopics: HIE, Patient Engagement, Interoperability, Colorado Hospitals & Health Systems, Accountable Care
    At the Health IT Summit in Denver, discussion of health information exchange (HIE) turned strongly towards strategic, business, and cultural issues on the opening panel of the conference, entitled “Strategies for Advancing Interoperability,” as the Summit kicked off on July 21 at the Sheraton Downtown Denver. Tuesday’s opening panel on interoperability, which was moderated by Steve Hess, CIO at the University of Colorado Health, also included Dana Moore, senior vice president and CIO at Centura Health; Joe Preiss, chief technology officer at Evans U.S. Army Hospital; Jeff Messer, chief development officer at CORHIO; Justin Gesso, director, business development, at BETSOL; and Jeff Garland, vice president at Relay Health.
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  • In Colorado, a Collaboration Around Healthcare Technology

    Date: July 8th, 2015Source: Healthcare InformaticsTopics: HIE, Interoperability, Colorado Hospitals & Health Systems
    Across the country, technology and clinical leaders are figuring out ways to try to promote greater interoperability of healthcare data. For seemingly everyone, it’s been an uphill climb and a steep learning curve. In the U.S., there have been pockets of success; some states are at the forefront of true data exchange, while others aren’t quite as mature. In one of these pockets is Colorado, where the Denver-based Colorado Regional Health Information Organization (CORHIO) recently announced that its health information exchange (HIE) has grown in number of users by 111 percent, with the amount of data available in the network having grown by 118 percent in the past year.
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  • Contract Awarded to Merge Electronic Patient Health Records in Pikes Peak Region

    Date: June 24th, 2015Source: Colorado Springs GazetteTopics: Care Coordination, CORHIO Network, Accountable Care
    Community Health Partnership - a health care coalition spanning El Paso, Teller, Park and Elbert counties - announced a contract with a nonprofit to seamlessly share patients' electronic health records among physicians offices, hospitals, mental health providers and insurers.
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  • Colorado’s Prescription for Health, at Your Fingertips

    Date: May 4th, 2015Source: Business AltitudeTopics: Mobile Health, Health IT, Patient Engagement, Digital Health
    Today, 64 percent of American adults own a smartphone. And whether it's an Android or an Apple, tech and health care leaders agree that it is transforming how people take care of themselves. With a massive health care industry and access to an innovative, entrepreneurial community, leaders in this new front of health services--called digital health--say that the Denver metro area is poised to become a hub for digital health technology.
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  • DoD Turns to Colorado HIE for Coordination

    Date: March 23rd, 2015Source: Healthcare IT NewsTopics: HIE, Care Coordination, Duplicate Testing, Military Health
    The Colorado Springs Military Health System had some challenges when it came to providing connected care for its 172,000 beneficiaries. Caring for service members and their families is crucially important, of course, but there are some aspects of military health that are different from civilian care. For one thing, the structured nature of the Defense Department, especially its rigorous information security protocols, can lead to some hurdles to moving seamlessly across the care continuum.
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  • Rocky Mountain High: How CORHIO is Changing the HIE Narrative (part 2)

    Date: March 17th, 2015Source: Healthcare InformaticsTopics: HIE, EHRs, Interoperability, Population Health
    Last week, in the first part of a two-part interview, CORHIO CEO Morgan Honea revealed how the state of Colorado has become a model for data exchange success, giving specific examples of how the HIE has led to better patient outcomes. IIn part 2 of the interview, Honea digs into the difficulties associated with successful heath information exchange, as well as the role the federal government has, and if vendors are keeping up with provider demands. Below are excerpts of that interview.
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  • Rocky Mountain High: How CORHIO is Changing the HIE Narrative (part 1)

    Date: March 11th, 2015Source: Healthcare InformaticsTopics: HIE, Interoperability, Population Health, Value-Based Care
    In the past several months, multiple studies determined that it was too early to draw conclusions from health information exchanges (HIEs) in the U.S., given that there really hasn’t been much evaluation yet on their effects. These reports, coupled with the fact that a number of statewide HIEs are close to shutting down, if they haven’t already done so, has led to a nationwide perception that as currently constituted, health information exchanges are not sustainable, and are “doomed.” In Colorado, however, the Denver-based Colorado Regional Health Information Organization (CORHIO) is doing its best to change that perception, and the results are speaking for themselves.
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  • CORHIO Sees Success with Long-Term and Post-Acute Care

    Date: March 5th, 2015Source: Healthcare IT NewsTopics: HIE, Care Coordination, Hospital Readmissions, Long-Term Care, Home Health, SNF, PatientCare 360
    The ability to access and communicate the right patient information, at the right time, in the right place, is critical. To illustrate this point, imagine an elderly woman, Betty, who lives alone and has two chronic medical conditions. She takes a number of medications and receives care from multiple specialists in addition to her primary care physician. Betty’s specialists try their best to send test results and notes to her PCP in a timely fashion, but sometimes it can take several weeks to process the information. In the interim, Betty misunderstands her doctor’s instructions. She takes her medications incorrectly, prompting an issue that leads her to call 911. Unfortunately, she has had three emergency department visits and two hospital admissions in the past six months. As this example illustrates, timely physician and provider communication are crucial to helping patients like Betty manage chronic conditions and avoid unnecessary hospital visits. Fortunately, the use of health information exchange and better technology can help to improve care coordination.
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  • Providers Plug In To Health Tech Networks

    Date: March 2nd, 2015Source: Provider MagazineTopics: HIE, Home Health
    For coordinators at Professional Home Health Care (PHHC), a Boulder, Colo.-based home health agency serving more than 700 individuals across the state, tracking clients after they had been admitted into a hospital had become something of a game of hide and go seek. Since PHHC staff didn’t always know where their clients had been admitted, they would first have to call around to as many as eight different hospitals. After tracking them down, they then would have to make another series of calls to learn who would be responsible for their discharge. Once staff secured the discharge planner’s contact information, they had to make regular calls to check on their clients’ status, ask what treatments or medications the hospital was administering to them, and find out when they were expected to go home.
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  • Regional Extension Center Continues to Help Practices Transform with PCMH

    Date: February 19th, 2015Source: NCQA BlogTopics: Transformation Support Services, Regional Extension Center, Medical Home Model
    Over the past five years, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) funded 62 Regional Extension Centers (REC) to help more than 100,000 priority primary care providers* (PPCP) adopt and use electronic health records. With the REC program in its fifth year, a number of RECs are expanding services to include consulting models. One is the Colorado Regional Health Information Organization (CORHIO). After achieving its goal of helping almost 3,000 providers with EHR implementation, CORHIO, in cooperation with several of its former REC partners, announced it will help providers with practice transformation, including future stages of Meaningful Use, quality initiatives, PQRS and medical home recognition, on a fee-for-service basis.
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  • Colorado HIE Usage More Than Doubles in 2014

    Date: February 12th, 2015Source: Health Data ManagementTopics: HIE, CORHIO Network
    CORHIO has announced the number of participating healthcare users and data available in the network grew by 111 percent and 118 percent respectively in 2014. This marks the third consecutive year of triple-digit growth rates for the Colorado health information exchange organization.
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  • Statewide-HIE Sustainability in Colorado: CORHIO’s Success Story

    Date: February 11th, 2015Source: Healthcare InformaticsTopics: HIE, CORHIO Network
    At a time when the broad survival of health information exchanges (HIEs) is in question nationwide, a number of such organizations are actually flourishing, among them the Denver-based Colorado Regional Health Information Organization (CORHIO), which is a public, non-profit HIE run by a private entity. Indeed, on Feb. 6, CORHIO’s leaders announced that their organization had seen the number of participating healthcare users in its network grow by 111 percent, and the amount of data available in the network grow by 118 percent, in the past year. That marks the third consecutive year of triple-digit growth rates for the organization.
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  • Colorado HIE Experiences Triple Digit Growth in 2014

    Date: February 6th, 2015Source: Healthcare InformaticsTopics: HIE, CORHIO Network
    The Colorado Regional Health Information Organization (CORHIO) has announced that its network has experienced triple digit growth in 2014. The health information exchange (HIE) organization said that the number of participating healthcare users and data available in the network grew by 111 percent and 118 percent respectively in the past year. This marks the third consecutive year of triple-digit growth rates for the Colorado HIE.
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  • Survivor: Edition HIE | Four Statewide HIEs Are Among Those Setting an Example for Other States

    Date: January 26th, 2015Source: Healthcare InformaticsTopics: HIE, CORHIO Network
    Can health information exchanges (HIEs) survive the present moment? Many of the statewide and regional HIEs created with wonderfully high-minded intent, but without a hardheaded business focus on long-term sustainability, are finding it difficult to make ends meet as the grant money begins to wither. At the same time, a small number of statewide HIEs are moving forward strongly, buttressed by broad stakeholder support, state government-level policy directives, and above all, clever strategy.
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  • A Prescription to Treat 'Polyprovider' Syndrome

    Date: January 4th, 2015Source: KevinMD.com (blog)Topics: HIE, Care Coordination, Physician Workflow
    In the United States, we train health care providers on poor people. This is no secret — most medical schools and residencies are in lower income areas. If you have Medicaid or no insurance, you are more likely to find care in an office or hospital where medical students, residents, nursing students, and other trainees rotate; Blue Cross patients don’t let interns watch their childbirth. Even though my residency emphasized continuity of care, patients often had a different resident for each appointment.
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  • CORHIO Adds Eight-Hospital Health System to Its HIE

    Date: December 29th, 2014Source: Health Data ManagementTopics: HIE, CORHIO Network, Colorado Hospitals & Health Systems
    The Colorado Regional Health Information Organization (CORHIO) has announced that HealthONE, an eight-hospital system in the Denver area, has successfully connected to its health information exchange (HIE) network. Combined, the eight hospitals accounted for more than 1.2 million patient encounters in the last year. The health system will join 47 hospitals and more than 2,100 physician providers in the ability to conduct secure health information exchange. With the addition of the HealthONE hospitals, 21 of the metro area’s 23 acute care hospitals are now actively exchanging patient information on CORHIO’s protected HIE network.
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  • CORHIO Adds Eight Hospitals to Health Information Exchange

    Date: December 18th, 2014Source: EHR IntelligenceTopics: HIE, CORHIO Network, Colorado Hospitals & Health Systems
    HealthONE, an eight-hospital system in the Denver area, has announced its successful connection to the Colorado Regional Health Information Organization (CORHIO). The health system which saw 1.2 million patient encounters over the past year, will join forty-seven hospitals and more than 2,100 physician providers in the ability to conduct secure health information exchange to improve care coordination and patient safety.
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  • Colo. Regional Extension Center Offering Fee-for-Service

    Date: November 19th, 2014Source: EHR IntelligenceTopics: Regional Extension Center
    A top regional extension center (REC) is moving to a fee-for-service model as it plans to support providers transforming their operations for the industry-wide implementation of value-based care. In conjunction with numerous partners, CORHIO provided health IT services to providers at no cost, leveraging funding from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC). With its program goals completed, the Colorado REC is transitioning its organization to offer its services to providers using a fee-for-service model and rebranding itself as a division of CORHIO called Transformation Support Services.
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  • Colorado's Health Technology REC Program Reaches EHR Goals

    Date: November 19th, 2014Source: Healthcare InformaticsTopics: Transformation Support Services, Regional Extension Center
    CORHIO announced today that the Colorado Regional Extension Center program completed its goal of helping 2,295 primary care providers and 33 rural and critical access hospitals adopt and meaningfully use electronic health record (EHR) technology. Of the 2,295 primary care providers that the Colorado Regional Extension Center program assisted, 1,236 are family practice or general medicine practitioners, 465 are internal medicine or geriatrics providers, 385 are pediatricians and 209 are OB-GYNs.
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  • How HIEs Contribute to Clinical Analytics, Population Health

    Date: November 3rd, 2014Source: HealthIT AnalyticsTopics: HIE, Population Health
    With the tight focus on EHR interoperability and data sharing among partners along the healthcare continuum, both public and private health information exchanges (HIEs) are enjoying a moment in the limelight. Private HIEs are growing in popularity among former competitors in local communities, and many statewide organizations have achieved financial sustainability, and are now beginning to expand their services to include clinical analytics and population health management features. HIEs may now be a fact of life, but are they necessary for truly effective analytics? How should analytics-minded providers choose to invest their time, money and infrastructure when it comes to data exchange?
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  • IT Spending No Small Undertaking for Providers

    Date: October 2nd, 2014Source: FierceHealthITTopics: Health IT
    At a Health IT Policy Committee governance subgroup meeting in mid-August, Carl Dvorak, president of EHR vendor Epic said that at least one factor limiting health data exchange is that some health information exchanges nationwide force participants to pay full and exorbitant fees for participation, even in the case of providers using individual services such as access to public health and immunization registries. Morgan Honea, executive director for CORHIO--a nonprofit health information exchange that electronically connects providers throughout the state--who also testified at the meeting, took issue with what he saw as generalizations by Dvorak, calling them "unfair."
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  • Digital Medical Records Become Common, but Sharing Remains Challenging

    Date: September 30th, 2014Source: New York TimesTopics: HIE, EHRs
    As a practicing ear, nose and throat specialist in Ahoskie, N.C., Dr. Raghuvir B. Gelot says that little has frustrated him more than the digital record system he installed a few years ago. The problem: His system, made by one company, cannot share patient records with the local medical center, which uses a program made by another company
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  • Hospital EHR System Connected To State HIE To Improve Transitions Of Care

    Date: September 10th, 2014Source: Health IT OutcomesTopics: HIE, EHRs, Colorado Hospitals & Health Systems, Transitions of Care
    Recently, Estes Park Medical Center (EPMC) announced it has successfully connected its electronic health record (EHR) system to the health information exchange network of the CORHIO, the Colorado Regional Health Information Organization. Estes Park Medical Center is the first independent critical access hospital to connect to the Colorado HIE.
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  • Replacing An Ambulance With A Station Wagon

    Date: September 5th, 2014Source: NPR - ShotsTopics: Care Coordination, Emergency Services
    When a fire department gets a call for medical help, most of them scramble both an ambulance and a fully staffed fire truck. But that's way more than most people need, according to Rick Lewis, chief of emergency medical services at South Metro Fire Rescue Authority in the Denver suburbs. "It's not the prairie and the Old West anymore, where you have to be missing a limb to go to the hospital," Lewis says, "Now it's a sore throat or one day of cold or flu season sometimes, and that can be frustrating for people, I know it is."
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  • HIE, Advanced EMR System Make Coordinated Care A Snap

    Date: August 27th, 2014Source: Health IT OutcomesTopics: HIE, Care Coordination, Colorado Hospitals & Health Systems, Patient Care
    Boulder Medical Center doctors are now receiving laboratory results from hospitals and labs around the state without having to wait for faxes or other paper-based methods of communication. This is reducing patient wait times, helping doctors make faster and more accurate clinical decisions, and saving staff time previously spent tracking down patients' medical records.
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