Category: CORHIO e-Newsletter

  • CO-REC Reaches 100% of Enrollment Goal

    Date: December 14th, 2011Topics: Regional Extension Center
    Colorado Regional Extension Center (CO-REC) has announced that it has enrolled 2,295 primary care providers for free help adopting an electronic health record (EHR) and ‘Meaningful Use.’
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  • Quality Health Network Is Taking HIE to the ‘Next Level’ in Western Colorado

    Date: December 14th, 2011Topics: HIE
    Quality Health Network (QHN) has been helping western Colorado providers improve quality of care through health information exchange (HIE) since launching in 2005. Providers actively use QHN for the secure and timely exchange of clinical information to support more effective care processes, improve patient outcomes and reduce costs.
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  • New Interactive Portal Educates Physicians, Staff about EHRs & Meaningful Use

    Date: December 14th, 2011Topics: EHRs, Meaningful Use, Regional Extension Center
    The Colorado Medical Society and CO-REC have developed a free, self-guided educational tool to assist medical practices with many of the resources needed to achieve “Meaningful Use.” The online portal takes physicians and their staff through step-by-step training and educational modules to help them select, implement and meaningfully use certified electronic health record (EHR) technology.
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  • Twelve Centura Health Hospitals Now Connected with CORHIO Health Information Exchange

    Date: November 9th, 2011Topics: CORHIO Network, Colorado Hospitals & Health Systems
    Centura Health recently began using a new communications campaign called Centura Connected -- and now that campaign has an even deeper meaning. Centura is the newest health care organization to connect its facilities to the CORHIO health information exchange (HIE).
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  • CORHIO Will Soon Offer Grants to Long-Term and Post-Acute Care Facilities

    Date: November 9th, 2011Topics: Long-Term Care
    Long-term and post-acute care (LTPAC) providers treat some of the most seriously ill and frail individuals in diverse and multiple care settings with minimal technology coordination. From hospitalization, nursing home admission, home health visits, to repeated hospitalization, having timely and accurate health information on long-term care patients can be both life-saving and cost-saving. A new CORHIO program launching later this month will help LTPAC providers improve collaboration between medical care providers and long-term care facilities and care transitions.
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  • Statewide Effort Aims to Improve Behavioral Health Care

    Date: November 9th, 2011Topics: HIE, Behavioral Health
    CORHIO and 11 other organizations across the state are working together to develop and implement recommendations to facilitate integration of behavioral and physical health services through health information exchange (HIE), while understanding and addressing consumers’ needs for privacy and confidentiality.
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  • Physicians, Patient Discuss Importance of HIE

    Date: October 12th, 2011Topics: HIE
    Three Front Range physicians and a patient discuss the reasons they are looking forward to the day when health information exchange is used throughout the state to improve patient care. [video included]
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  • Boulder County Community Celebrates Launch of Health Information Exchange

    Date: October 12th, 2011Topics: HIE
    Nearly 100 health care and community leaders gathered at Boulder Community Hospital on September 27 to celebrate the official launch of health information exchange (HIE) in Boulder County. By connecting the clinical information technology systems of both Alpine Urology and Boulder Community Hospital, patient data is now being used for clinical decision-making and patient care. [video included]
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  • Women in Health Care Honored by Denver Business Journal

    Date: September 14th, 2011Topics: Colorado Healthcare Leaders
    Last month, the Denver Business Journal presented its 13th annual “Outstanding Women in Business” awards. Women were honored for their business accomplishments and exceptional leadership in eleven different categories, including health care. Read more to see which women took home the top honors.
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  • Expand Knowledge of Health IT or Launch a New Career through UC Denver

    Date: September 14th, 2011Topics: Health IT
    As physician practices, hospitals and other providers rush to “go electronic,” health care professionals who want deeper knowledge of EHRs and ‘Meaningful Use’ should enroll in the University of Colorado Denver’s health information technology (HIT) program, called the Health Information Technology Education Collaborative (HITEC). Program participants can earn certification in health care informatics and health information management/health information exchange. Some of the enrolled students say they are using the certification to gain the skills to be more successful in their current role, while others say their certification is helping them to launch new careers. Forty scholarships are currently available for qualified professionals.
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  • Hospices Plan to Improve Care, Patients' Quality of Life with Health Information Exchange

    Date: August 17th, 2011Topics: Long-Term Care
    Hospice staff often struggle to gather new patients’ complete medical histories because their information can be scattered across so many locations including physician offices, nursing homes, hospitals and labs. This information is essential to help patients live as fully and comfortably as possible, and to avoid complications. Two of Colorado's largest hospices are counting on HIE to 'plug' their current information gaps and improve patients' transitions to hospice care.
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  • San Luis Valley: A Community of Compassionate and Ambitious Health Care Providers

    Date: August 17th, 2011Topics: Colorado Hospitals & Health Systems
    Spanning 8,000 square miles, the San Luis Valley is the world's largest alpine valley. It is known for its scenic beauty and natural surroundings, but it is also one of the poorest rural communities in Colorado. The geography of the Valley, as well as a large number of Medicaid and Medicare patients, creates a challenging environment for health care providers. Despite the challenges, the region's health care professionals are determined to improve the care of residents and are using HIE as part of their core strategy.
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  • New Privacy and Security Toolkit, Online Education Program Available for Colorado Physician Practices

    Date: August 17th, 2011Topics: EHRs, Meaningful Use
    Many physician offices have fallen behind on staff training for HIPAA privacy and data security, putting their practices at legal and financial risk from an unintended violation. This can be especially true for smaller practices or those that have recently adopted an electronic health record (EHR) system. To help these practices, CORHIO is making available a new toolkit to help physicians and their office staff better understand, HIPAA privacy and data security rules.
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  • First Physician Practice Connecting EHR to the Health Information Exchange

    Date: July 20th, 2011Topics: CORHIO Network
    With four physicians and offices in Boulder, Louisville and Longmont, Alpine Urology will be the first physician practice in Colorado to connect its electronic health record to (EHR) CORHIO’s health information exchange (HIE).
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  • Colorado Medicaid EHR Incentive Program to Roll Out Soon

    Date: July 20th, 2011Topics: EHRs, Meaningful Use
    Later this month, CORHIO will assist the Department of Health Care Policy & Financing (HCPF) as it implements the Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program. The program will provide incentive payments to eligible providers as they adopt, implement, upgrade or demonstrate “Meaningful Use” of certified EHR technology. Each eligible Colorado health care provider can earn up to $63,750 in incentive payments.
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  • Centura Health Joins CORHIO’s Health Information Exchange

    Date: June 22nd, 2011Topics: CORHIO Network, Colorado Healthcare Leaders
    Five communities and hundreds of thousands of patients will benefit from Centura Health joining the CORHIO HIE. Centura Health, Colorado’s largest health system, signed a ‘participant agreement’ with CORHIO and will have 12 hospitals live on the HIE by this September.
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  • San Luis Valley Regional Medical Center to 'Go Live' on the HIE

    Date: June 22nd, 2011Topics: CORHIO Network
    San Luis Regional Valley Medical Center (SLVRMC), the largest medical facility in the San Luis Valley with 59 beds and a Level IV Trauma Center, will 'go live' on CORHIO’s health information exchange (HIE) in July. The HIE provides a secure way to transfer patient data between clinicians across the state, which will improve the quality of care that San Luis Valley residents receive.
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  • CO-REC Helps Fort Collins Practice to Achieve 'Meaningful Use'

    Date: June 22nd, 2011Topics: Meaningful Use, Regional Extension Center
    Rocky Mountain Family Physicians has been in practice nearly 25 years and was one of the first practices in Fort Collins to implement an electronic health record (EHR). However, in order to achieve 'Meaningful Use' and meet the requirements to receive Medicare reimbursement, they enlisted the aid of the Colorado Regional Extension Center (CO-REC).
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  • Health Information Exchange Instrumental to Success of State’s First Medicaid ACO

    Date: May 25th, 2011Topics: HIE, Accountable Care
    Colorado Springs health care providers are launching the state’s first Regional Care Coordination Organization (RCCO) on June 1, which aims to coordinate care across all providers and establish accountability for Medicaid patients' health outcomes while reducing costs. The use of interoperable electronic health records (EHRs) and participation in CORHIO’s health information exchange (HIE) will be a vital component of the RCCOs achievement of its functionality and performance.
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  • Summit County Providers Join the CORHIO HIE

    Date: May 25th, 2011Topics: CORHIO Network
    The Summit Community Care Clinic is the newest member of CORHIO’s health information exchange (HIE), a secure network linking physicians and other medical care providers throughout Colorado. “The health information exchange will be a tremendous asset to the integrative care model already in place at Summit Community Care Clinic,” said Betty Sarber, IT coordinator of Summit Community Care Clinic.
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  • Over 100 Physicians & Practice Managers Attend EHR Selection Summit

    Date: May 25th, 2011Topics: EHRs, Meaningful Use
    Over 100 physicians and practice managers traveled across the state to attend the Colorado EHR Selection Summit last week. The Summit was hosted by CORHIO and the Colorado Regional Extension Center (CO-REC) to help physicians gain practical information about certified EHR technologies.
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  • Northern Colorado Providers on the Move

    Date: May 4th, 2011Topics: CORHIO Network, Colorado Hospitals & Health Systems
    Nearly a dozen health care organizations across northern Colorado have committed to collaborate on improving patient care using CORHIO’s health information exchange (HIE). The providers range in size from a solo, primary care practice in Fort Collins to a large health system with multiple hospitals across the region.
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  • Nearly 1,800 Primary Care Providers Now Enrolled for EHR Help with CO-REC

    Date: May 4th, 2011Topics: EHRs, Regional Extension Center
    Nearly 1,800 primary care providers across Colorado have now signed-up for assistance in adopting an electronic health record (EHR) system with the Colorado Regional Extension Center (CO-REC). CO-REC is a federally-funded initiative of CORHIO and is being executed with the help of six partner organizations in Colorado.
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  • Attestation for EHR Incentive Program Is Now Open

    Date: May 4th, 2011Topics: EHRs, Meaningful Use
    Meaningful Use attestation for the Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program is now open to eligible physicians and hospitals through the Centers for the Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) website. Colorado primary care providers are encouraged to use Colorado Regional Extension Center’s (CO-REC) services, provided at no cost, to help guide them through the attestation process.
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  • CORHIO Officially Launches HIE

    Date: April 13th, 2011Topics: CORHIO Network, Colorado Hospitals & Health Systems
    The CORHIO health information exchange (HIE) officially launched this month with 11 medical practices, 11 hospitals and 4 community mental health centers having committed to join CORHIO’s HIE. By connecting to the secure network, physicians and other medical care providers will have access to important health information about their patients, including lab test and pathology results, x-ray, MRI and other imaging reports and physician transcription reports.
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