CORHIO e-Newsletter

Direct Messaging DOs and DON’Ts

(September 17, 2014)

Direct messaging is a secure way to send protected health information electronically from provider to provider. Mainly due to Meaningful Use, Direct messaging usage is on a sharp rise. In Colorado, there are a few different ways you can get a Direct messaging address. Two main ways are through CORHIO (free for participants) or through your electronic health record company (ideal if you want to use Direct to meet Meaningful Use). Regardless of how you obtain your Direct messaging address, here are some recommendations for using it to improve patient care.  MORE +

Critical Access Hospital Connects to HIE

(September 17, 2014)

Estes Park Medical Center (EPMC) is a 25-bed critical access hospital in a picturesque town at the foot of Rocky Mountain National Park. The town of Estes Park is more than 30 miles of twisting canyon road away from the nearest large, full-service hospital. It could take nearly an hour — or more in bad weather — to reach the closest facility. So for emergency care, the town’s 6,000 residents and three million annual visitors depend heavily on EPMC. But the hospital is more than just an urgent care clinic or a small CAH with limited services, it’s one of the most sophisticated CAHs in the state.  MORE +

Meaningful Use Final Rule Summary for Eligible Providers

(September 17, 2014)

On August 29th, The Department of Health and Human Services published modifications to the EHR Incentive Programs and the timing of Stage 2. The final rule acknowledged that some providers are having a difficult time attesting due to EHR 2014 product delays and shortcomings and provides a new timeline and options to help providers with this issue. Here's what you need to know.  MORE +

CORHIO Exec. Director Calls on ONC to Address Barriers to HIE

(August 20, 2014)

Morgan Honea testified at an ONC listening session about the industry’s slower than anticipated progress on HIE and interoperability. During the hearing, Honea suggested that the ONC consider monitoring for-profit EHR vendors because some appear to be employing tactics that intentionally slow the growth of HIE as part of their overall business strategy. For example, inflated costs for HIE interfaces charged by EHR vendors have resulted in slower adoption of HIE.  MORE +

City of Longmont Aims to Reduce Unnecessary ER Visits Through Primary Care Intervention and HIE

(August 20, 2014)

The recently formed Longmont Community Health Network will help patients with complex medical conditions better manage their care with the help of medical history from the CORHIO network. Many of the patients referred to the Longmont Community Health Network haven’t seen their primary care physician in years, but have been to the emergency department, potentially anywhere in the state. The Longmont Community Health Network plans to utilize the CORHIO network to investigate what’s been happening with their patients to better inform their care interventions.  MORE +