Category: CORHIO e-Newsletter

  • Automated Electronic Lab Reporting Pilot for Infectious Diseases a Success

    Date: May 8th, 2013Topics: Public Health Reporting
    Three organizations worked together to successfully complete phase one of a pilot project to automate public health reporting of infectious diseases -- San Luis Valley Regional Medical Center (SLVRMC), Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), and Colorado Regional Health Information Organization (CORHIO).
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  • 9Health Fair Connecting to CORHIO to Deliver Lab Test Results to Community Health Care Providers

    Date: April 3rd, 2013Topics: Care Coordination, CORHIO Network
    Health care providers who participate in the CORHIO HIE will be able to access 9Health Fair results electronically, speeding up care coordination and improving communication with patients.
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  • University of Colorado Hospital Joins CORHIO Health Information Exchange Network

    Date: April 3rd, 2013Topics: CORHIO Network, Colorado Hospitals & Health Systems
    Community health care providers across the state will soon have access to their patients’ information after visiting UCH. University of Colorado Hospital (UCH) has officially signed on to connect to the CORHIO health information exchange (HIE).
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  • EHR to HIE Connections Demystified

    Date: April 3rd, 2013Topics: HIE, EHRs
    EHR usage is sharply on the rise. In fact, 72% of office-based physicians used electronic health record (EHR) systems in 2012, up from 48% in 2009*. As a result, the number of inquiries CORHIO has received from medical offices about connecting their EHR to the health information exchange (HIE) has also increased. Here's a look inside the process of connecting your practice’s EHR with CORHIO’s HIE.
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  • CORHIO-Connected HIE Participants: "Participating HIE Provider" Badge Now Available

    Date: March 13th, 2013Topics: CORHIO Network
    At the request of medical offices across the state, CORHIO has developed a Participating HIE Provider badge so connected facilities can let the public and affiliated physician practices know they are part of the network. For health care providers actively participating in the CORHIO Health Information Exchange (HIE), new badges are available to announce their participation.
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  • Stage 1 Meaningful Use Attestation for Medicaid Program to Open Soon

    Date: March 13th, 2013Topics: Meaningful Use
    Colorado eligible providers can begin to attest to Meaningful Use for the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program in April 2013 (exact date to be determined). CORHIO offers many resources to learn more about Meaningful Use and incentive programs.
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  • 22 New Skilled Nursing Facilities Join Health Information Exchange

    Date: March 13th, 2013Topics: SNF, Long-Term Care, CORHIO Network
    Life Care Centers of America to use HIE to improve patient care and reduce avoidable hospital readmissions. At the national level, skilled nursing and rehabilitation facilities have generally lagged behind hospitals and large medical groups in their adoption of health information technology (HIT). That trend, however, is changing, and there are many examples right here in Colorado.
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  • Seven Denver-Area Hospitals Join Health Information Exchange

    Date: February 13th, 2013Topics: HIE, CORHIO Network, Colorado Hospitals & Health Systems
    HealthONE hospitals join the CORHIO health information exchange, demonstrating a strong commitment to improving care coordination for patients in the Denver metro area. HealthONE has signed an agreement to participate in CORHIO’s secure health information exchange (HIE) network.
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  • 2013 HIMSS Conference to Spotlight Meaningful Use and Health Information Exchange

    Date: February 13th, 2013Topics: HIE, Meaningful Use
    Conference will focus on “the intersection of health IT reform, technology and care quality.” The HIMSS Annual Conference and Exhibition will be in New Orleans this year, March 3-7th. The conference draws an impressive 36,000+ attendees and includes an exhibit hall the size of several football fields, symposiums, workshops, demonstrations and many educational sessions.
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  • Colorado Beacon Consortium Receives Healthcare Informatics Innovator Award

    Date: February 13th, 2013Topics: Colorado Healthcare Leaders
    Healthcare Informatics honored the Grand Junction-based collaborative, which includes the health information exchange Quality Health Network. Colorado Beacon Consortium (CBC), based in Grand Junction, is a not-for-profit collaborative of four healthcare organizations. These organizations include the area’s largest hospital, St. Mary’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center, the regional health plan, Rocky Mountain Health Plans, the regional health information exchange (HIE), Quality Health Network, and an independent physician association, Mesa County IPA.
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  • Southwest Colorado Providers Adopting Health Information Exchange at Record Pace

    Date: February 13th, 2013Topics: HIE, CORHIO Network
    Mercy Regional Medical Center partners with community providers to bring better care coordination to southwest Colorado. The Colorado side of the “Four Corners” area is a unique place to be a health care provider. It’s a primarily rural, tight-knit community with a focus on high-quality health care. Many specialists seek to practice in the area because they’re drawn to its beauty and lifestyle.
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  • Bridging the Continental Divide of Electronic Medical Records

    Date: January 16th, 2013Topics: HIE, EHRs, Colorado Healthcare Leaders
    CORHIO and QHN have exchanged “live” data, taking the first step toward helping patients get better care and giving physicians more timely and complete access to critical information. CORHIO and Quality Health Network (QHN) are working jointly on a trailblazing project to link their two fully functional HIE technology platforms. When completed, the entire state will have a cohesive and comprehensive source of health information exchange to improve patient care.
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  • 7NEWS Denver Highlights HIE in Colorado

    Date: January 16th, 2013Topics: HIE
    Channel 7NEWS aired a story about health information exchange on December 20th at 5:00 and 10:00 pm. The piece highlighted the work of Colorado doctors, hospitals and CORHIO to improve health care through the exchange of medical records.
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  • 200+ Physicians from Integrated Physician Network (iPN) Now on CORHIO Network

    Date: January 16th, 2013Topics: CORHIO Network
    iPN, partnered with Centura Health, is a multispecialty, clinically integrated network of more than 200 physicians. The iPN clinics have a shared electronic health record (EHR) system, NextGen, that they use for real-time decision support based on evidence-based care protocols. Because all providers have access to the same patient data, they’ve created what they call a “multispecialty clinic without walls.”
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  • Lab Results From LabCorp Now Available Through CORHIO

    Date: January 16th, 2013Topics: HIE, CORHIO Network
    LabCorp, the fastest growing lab in the U.S., is a progressive company that understands how health information exchange (HIE) supports providers as they coordinate care for patients. Because of this commitment to enhancing patient care, LabCorp has connected its electronic systems to the CORHIO HIE. Here in Colorado, physician practices, outpatient clinics and long-term care providers can now use their EHR connection to CORHIO to receive or access results from LabCorp.
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  • 175+ Primary Care Physicians Join the Colorado Health Information Exchange

    Date: December 19th, 2012Topics: Primary Care, CORHIO Network
    The expectations are high for the 32 Pioneer Accountable Care Organizations (ACO) in the U.S. They are tasked with improving individual health care as well of population health, and reducing costs. Their results are tied directly to payments and reported publicly. One of those ACOs is located right here in the Denver area, Primary Physician Partners (PPP). PPP is the largest primary care independent practice association in the metro area. Along with their medical management company, Physician Health Partners (PHP), PPP has connected two of their many practices to the CORHIO health information exchange (HIE).
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  • Patient Care Coordination Improves After Home Health Provider Connects to HIE

    Date: December 19th, 2012Topics: Care Coordination, Home Health
    Complete Home Health Care (CHHC) is a Medicare/Medicaid certified home care agency serving clients along the Front Range with skilled nursing, rehabilitation, wound care, cardiac care, diabetic teaching, pediatrics, home health assistance and personal care. Last month, CHHC had been having a difficult time tracking down a patient, after he was suddenly admitted to an area hospital. “We had been calling his home and had been in contact with the hospital after we learned he was admitted,” said Cathy Kaufman, CEO, Complete Home Health Care. “But when we called the hospital back to check his status, nobody seemed to know any information about him.”
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  • Colorado’s Busiest Children’s Hospital Enabling Better Care Through HIE

    Date: December 19th, 2012Topics: HIE, Care Coordination, Colorado Hospitals & Health Systems
    It’s common for children and their families to travel across the state to see the specialists at Children’s Hospital Colorado for testing, specialty consultations, surgery or other types of treatment. In fact, the hospital and its network of outpatient clinics see and provide treatment to more kids than any other health care organization in our seven-state region.
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  • Newborn Babies in Colo. Now Benefitting From Improved Care Coordination Thanks to Public Health and HIE

    Date: November 28th, 2012Topics: Care Coordination, Public Health Reporting
    Thousands of newborn babies avoid serious illness and death each year due to proactive screening tests required by the state of Colorado. The screening requires a small blood draw, taken at birth and repeated two weeks later, and sent to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). In the past, the only way for a health care provider to access the lab results was through a phone call from a CDPHE lab technician, who calls if one or more of the test results is positive, or through a fax or mailed paper letter indicating any negative results— which could take up to three weeks to arrive.
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  • One Year Later: The First Physician Practice to Connect to CORHIO Talks About How HIE is Making an Impact

    Date: November 28th, 2012Topics: HIE, CORHIO Network, Specialty Care
    Last summer, Alpine Urology became the first physician practice in the state to connect to CORHIO’s Health Information Exchange (HIE). For the last year, Alpine Urology’s offices in Boulder, Louisville and Longmont have realized the benefits of CORHIO’s secure network -- chiefly the electronic exchange of patient laboratory information. “Lab work is a big part of how physicians practice medicine – having it available at their fingertips is priceless,” said Bill Carlton, practice administrator at Alpine.
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  • Stage 3 of Meaningful Use Recommendations Are Out and Your Feedback is Requested

    Date: November 28th, 2012Topics: Meaningful Use
    The Health Information Technology Policy Committee (HITPC) has released their recommendations for Meaningful Use Stage 3. These recommendations build on previous objectives and target a collaborative care model with a patient-centric approach. It’s important to note that the recommendations represent the preliminary thinking of the HITPC and is not a formal proposed rule.
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  • Colorado Safety-net Clinics Dedicated to Health Information Exchange

    Date: November 6th, 2012Topics: HIE, Safety Net
    Colorado Safety-net Clinics Dedicated to Health Information Exchange HIE fits nicely into the medical home care model, helping providers track patients after they leave the clinic. Metro Community Provider Network (MCPN) and Clinica Family Health Services are both safety-net providers in Colorado, meaning they offer services to patients regardless of their ability to pay. Most of their patient population is uninsured or covered by Medicaid. With more than 800,000 Coloradans currently lacking health plan coverage, these clinics are a vital part of our community.
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  • CORHIO Collaborating With Public Health to Streamline Immunization (CIIS) Reportin

    Date: November 6th, 2012Topics: Public Health Reporting
    CORHIO and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) are working towards a successful exchange of immunization data. Once complete, this interface will allow hospitals or medical practices to upload immunization data through CORHIO’s Health Information Exchange (HIE) and it will be transmitted to the Colorado Immunization Information System (CIIS). CIIS is a statewide computerized system that collects and disseminates immunization information for Coloradans of all ages.
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  • Solo-Provider Practice and Rural Clinic Make the Switch From Paper Medical Records to EHR

    Date: November 6th, 2012Topics: EHRs, Meaningful Use, Regional Extension Center
    The Colorado Regional Extension Center helps two more of the state’s practices adopt EHRs. Studies show that office-based medical practices are migrating to electronic health record (EHR) systems in record numbers. Practices foregoing paper medical records for EHRs are motivated by ARRA incentives and increased pressure from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
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  • First Behavioral Health Facilities in Colo. Connect to HIE

    Date: October 3rd, 2012Topics: CORHIO Network, Behavioral Health
    San Luis Valley Mental Health Center and Spanish Peaks Behavioral Health Center are now accessing lab results through CORHIO.
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