Category: CORHIO in the News

  • The Hopeful Future of Sharing Behavioral Health Data

    Date: March 23rd, 2016Source: Advize HealthTopics: HIE, Care Coordination, Behavioral Health, HIPAA
    The Colorado Regional Health Information Organization (CORHIO) is launching a pilot program to improve patient information exchange between providers and caregivers. This program is designed in a way that once consent is given by patients, their Behavioral Healthcare Information will be shared with long term care providers and hospitals. The newly accessible documents will summarize clinical information during transitions of care so patients can be treated by community providers, all who have access to more details on the care received by the patient outside of the facility.
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  • Small Number of States Successful with State-Led HIE Use

    Date: March 22nd, 2016Source: HealthIT InteroperabilityTopics: HIE
    A recent evaluation of the State Health Information Exchange (HIE) Cooperative Agreement Program found that national HIE use score increased from 36 percent in 2010 to 79 percent in 2014, but this figured was impacted by a small number of states significantly adopting HIE programs rather than more participation across all states and territories. A handful of states influenced the national numbers. For example, in Q2 of 2012, 85 percent of total directed transactions were from Indiana, Colorado, and New York. By Q4 in 2013, 5 states represented 85 percent of the total directed transactions.
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  • Can technology shape the future of behavioral health?

    Date: March 19th, 2016Source: Healthcare DiveTopics: Patient Engagement, Behavioral Health
    Outside of Nebraska, which also has a behavioral HIE called eBHIN (Electronic Behavioral Health Information Network), Young said she wasn’t aware of any other stand-alone behavioral health HIEs. However, there are HIEs starting to share behavioral health data, such as the Colorado Regional Health Information Organization (CORHIO), which recently announced its plans to launch a pilot program to add behavioral health data on a patient-by-patient basis -- if they consent -- and share it with hospitals and long-term care facilities.
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  • HIE use sees 'considerable growth,' but only in a few states

    Date: March 16th, 2016Source: FierceHealth ITTopics: HIE
    Health information exchange adoption and use continues to see "considerable growth," but is driven only by a small number of states, according to a new report from NORC at the University of Chicago researchers. For example, in the second quarter of 2012 Indiana, Colorado and New York accounted for more than 85 percent of transactions, while in Q3 of 2013, Michigan, Colorado, Indiana, New York and Vermont accounted for more than 85 percent of the total.
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  • Colorado HIE plans pilot to share behavioral health data

    Date: March 11th, 2016Source: Health Data ManagementTopics: Patient Engagement, Long-Term Care, Behavioral Health
    The Colorado Regional Health Information Organization (CORHIO) expects to launch a pilot later this year in which the HIE will take behavioral health data on a patient-by-patient basis—for those patients that have signed a consent—and share it with healthcare counterparts in long-term care and hospitals.
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  • Emergency Medical Services Works on Improving Information Exchanges with Hospitals

    Date: March 10th, 2016Source: Emergency ManagementTopics: HIE, Care Coordination, Emergency Services
    Although data sharing between EMS agencies and hospitals is far from commonplace, there has been progress made in a few cities and states. For example, the South Metro Fire Rescue Authority in Colorado’s Douglas and Arapahoe counties has joined the state HIE, CORHIO, to enable its paramedics to receive real-time hospital and lab information via a Web portal.
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  • HHS proposes adding behavioral health to EHR program

    Date: February 25th, 2016Source: HealthData ManagementTopics: EHRs, Meaningful Use, Behavioral Health
    Currently, federal rules prohibit behavioral health providers treating mental and substance abuse disorders from receiving incentive payments for implementing EHRs that meet Meaningful Use criteria. However, in its Fiscal Year 2017 budget submission to Congress last week, HHS included a legislative proposal to add certain behavioral health providers to the EHR Incentive Programs.
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  • Does State Regulation Help Boost Health IT, HIE, EHR Adoption?

    Date: February 9th, 2016Source: HealthIT AnalyticsTopics: HIE, EHRs, Health IT
    Individual states have also committed to fostering the data-driven ecosystem through policies and regulations, participating in projects, grant programs, demonstrations, and other initiatives to encourage their local communities to begin health information exchange, transition to patient-centered care programs, and engage in population health management activities. But are these state-level policy levers an effective way to drive health IT adoption and create a meaningful, interoperable, data-driven care continuum? Do the number and type of state projects correlate to actual EHR adoption and HIE rates?
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  • Denver EMS bureau shows how health information exchange improves emergency medicine

    Date: January 19th, 2016Source: Healthcare IT NewsTopics: Care Coordination, CORHIO Network, Emergency Services, Quality Improvement
    Linking its emergency medical service teams with Colorado's state health information exchange has made a big difference in how first responders are able to assess, treat and sometimes follow up with patients, according to Richard Lewis, EMS bureau chief of the Denver-area South Metro Fire Rescue Authority.
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  • Adding Consent-Based Exchange to a HIPAA-Based HIE

    Date: January 5th, 2016Source: HealthIT InteroperabilityTopics: HIE, Patient Engagement, Behavioral Health, HIPAA
    CORHIO is working on a capability to electronically manage the release-of-information process and redact sensitive data from exchange based on those release directives — in other words, adding consent-based exchange to a HIPAA-based HIE.
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  • Filling in the Gaps: Connecting Behavioral Health Data and Primary Care

    Date: December 22nd, 2015Source: Healthcare InformaticsTopics: HIE, Primary Care, Behavioral Health, HIPAA
    There are ongoing discussions among healthcare leaders about the need to integrate behavioral health data into primary care to improve quality of care. Two health information exchanges (HIEs) in Colorado have been working on behavioral health information integration projects and shared their initial progress during a webinar conducted by The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC).
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  • Colorado Agency Aligns Hospital Record Systems

    Date: November 13th, 2015Source: BizWestTopics: HIE, Interoperability, CORHIO Network, Colorado Hospitals & Health Systems, Patient Care
    If someone shows up in a Denver emergency room on Wednesday, a lot of time and money could be saved if doctors knew she’d had lab work done in Boulder the week before. With immediate access to those lab results, the doctors could launch into a course of treatment that could be more efficient, as well as more effective for the patient. This scenario is one of the drivers behind a national movement toward making health records electronically accessible to all healthcare providers. Whereas the benefits of having such a system in place include all of the above, plus a reduction in administrative costs related to managing medical records, the process includes some tough challenges.
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  • Population Health Barriers Include Interoperability, Data Integration

    Date: October 26th, 2015Source: FierceHealth ITTopics: HIE, Interoperability, Population Health
    As organizations take up population health management initiatives, they must address common problems, including interoperability barriers, data integration and competing health IT priorities, according to results from a recent eHealth Initiative population health survey. Morgan Honea, chief executive officer of the Colorado Regional Health Information Organization (CORHIO), said on a webinar that examined the survey results, that his organization has focused on developing trust as a means to promote data-sharing.
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  • 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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  • Interview with Morgan Honea, CEO

    Date: April 1st, 2015Source: https://www.rmhpcommunity.org/sites/default/files/resource/April%202015%20Ascent.pdfTopics: CORHIO Network, CORHIO Governance & Leadership
    Morgan Honea, executive director, CORHIO, has been on the job for about a year. In this interview, he talks about how health IT can support Colorado's innovation plan and CORHIO's role in making that happen. COHRIO is a nonprofit dedicated to improving health care through health information exchange.
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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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