Category: CORHIO e-Newsletter

  • Hospitals Participating in Health Information Exchange Order Fewer Redundant Tests

    Date: February 19th, 2014Topics: HIE, Duplicate Testing
    A new study from the University of Michigan, published in Medical Care, uncovered that emergency department physicians of hospitals participating in health information exchange (HIE) are ordering fewer repeat tests. The study analyzed data from 2007 to 2010 in two large states – California and Florida – that were early adopters of HIE. It compared 37 emergency departments that participated in HIE during the study period to 410 emergency departments that did not.
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  • Patients in Centura Health Emergency Rooms Benefitting from HIE

    Date: February 19th, 2014Topics: HIE, Colorado Hospitals & Health Systems, Emergency Services
    Physicians in five Centura Health emergency departments, staffed by APEX Emergency Group, are now accessing their patients’ lab results and health histories from the CORHIO health information exchange (HIE) network, which includes clinical data on more than 3.2 million unique patients in Colorado. When emergency room physicians can instantly pull up a patient’s longitudinal health record, they can more quickly diagnose and treat patients as well as potentially prevent life-threatening complications including drug interactions and allergic reactions.
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  • Kaiser Permanente Colorado, State’s Largest Nonprofit Health Plan, Joins CORHIO

    Date: February 19th, 2014Topics: HIE, CORHIO Network
    Kaiser Permanente Colorado has signed an agreement to participate in CORHIO’s health information exchange (HIE) network. Participation in the CORHIO HIE provides Kaiser Permanente’s physicians and other clinical caregivers with additional information on their members when care is provided outside of the health plan’s centralized network. Kaiser Permanente plans to initially utilize the HIE information for members in southern Colorado, including Colorado Springs and Pueblo, and hopes to later expand to other parts of the state.
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  • New Grant Funding to Enable Improvements for Behavioral Health and HIE in Colorado

    Date: January 15th, 2014Topics: HIE, Behavioral Health
    Rose Community Foundation awards CORHIO a grant to improve health information exchange (HIE) for behavioral health practitioners and patients, and to offer personal health records for individuals with behavioral health conditions.
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  • Free Download: Common Acronyms and Abbreviations Used in Health Information Technology

    Date: January 15th, 2014Topics: Health IT
    Ever wonder what a PHR is? Or what the difference is between an EHR and an EMR? CORHIO has the answers! Download our comprehensive list of acronyms and abbreviations commonly used in health information technology, which will help you speak the confusing language of health IT.
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  • New Children’s Hospital Colorado in Highlands Ranch Now Connected to CORHIO

    Date: January 15th, 2014Topics: HIE, CORHIO Network, Colorado Hospitals & Health Systems
    Providers participating in the CORHIO network are now accessing clinical data from the new Children’s Hospital Colorado location in Highlands Ranch. The hospital opened their newest location a few weeks ago and clinical information from the facility is already transmitting through the CORHIO health information (HIE) network.
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  • One-of-a-Kind Mobile Medical Unit Using HIE to Improve Care and Reduce Unnecessary Emergency Room Visits

    Date: December 11th, 2013Topics: HIE, Hospital Readmissions, Emergency Services
    The first mobile emergency medical unit of its kind in Colorado, True North Health Navigation, is now using data from the CORHIO health information exchange (HIE) network to research patient medical histories in route to non-life-threatening 911 calls. When the medical team arrives on-scene, they are better prepared to help patients and offer appropriate medical treatments.
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  • Urgent Care Clinic in Durango First to Connect to CORHIO

    Date: December 11th, 2013Topics: HIE, CORHIO Network
    Durango Urgent Care, an 11-provider after-hours community urgent care clinic, is now connected to the CORHIO network. This is the first urgent care clinic to connect to CORHIO’s health information exchange (HIE). Their second location, Aztec Urgent Care in Aztec, New Mexico, is also accessing some patient data via the CORHIO network because their labs are processed at Mercy Regional Medical Center in Durango.
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  • Trend Report: Patient Portal Adoption on the Rise

    Date: November 13th, 2013Topics: Meaningful Use, Patient Engagement
    The patient portal market is poised to skyrocket, according to new analysis released in September. A report by Frost and Sullivan cites a predicted 221 percent growth in the market to nearly $900 million by 2017. The report also found that half of U.S. hospitals and 40 percent of office-based physicians have a portal through their electronic health record (EHR) or practice management system. But many are not using that technology for various reasons, such as cost, interoperability or workflow issues and limited functionality, so they are seeking alternative options.
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  • South Metro Health Alliance to Recognize Health IT Community Leaders

    Date: November 13th, 2013Topics: Health IT, Colorado Healthcare Leaders
    The South Metro Health Alliance (SMHA) will hold its first-ever Membership and Recognition Fundraising Luncheon on Monday, November 18, 2013 at The Franciscan Event Center in Centennial. This year, SMHA has established an awards program that recognizes health care providers in the south Denver metro area for advanced use of electronic health records and health information exchange (HIE) in a way that improves quality of care for patients. The awards also recognize health care professionals who are leaders and advocates for health information technology in the community. Award winners include...
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  • Direct Messaging - What You Need to Know

    Date: November 13th, 2013Topics: Meaningful Use, Direct Messaging
    Direct messaging, often called simply “Direct” for short, is a basic form of health information exchange (HIE) that allows health care providers to securely and electronically send patient information to other specified providers, or to patients themselves. Commonly compared to sending a secure email, this information is sent over the Internet in an encrypted, protected way that is HIPAA-compliant.
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  • Colorado Hospitals Begin Meaningful Use Stage 2 Data Collection

    Date: October 16th, 2013Topics: Meaningful Use, Colorado Hospitals & Health Systems
    October 1st marked the first day that hospitals participating in the Medicare or Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs could start tracking data they need to attest to Stage 2 of Meaningful Use. Hospitals need 90 days of data to attest next year. Eligible hospitals can complete their attestation to Stage 2 as early as January 2014, which means the early adopters are collecting data now to be ready.
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  • New Critical Access Hospitals to Become HIE Participants

    Date: October 16th, 2013Topics: HIE, CORHIO Network, Colorado Hospitals & Health Systems
    Two new critical access hospitals have signed up to participate with the CORHIO health information exchange. One of those is Rio Grande Hospital, a 17-bed CAH in Del Norte that serves residents in the western part of the San Luis Valley. The other is Estes Park Medical Center, a 25-bed CAH in southwestern Larimer County at the base of Rocky Mountain National Park. Both hospitals serve small towns and remote areas of the state and are vital to the residents and visitors in their areas.
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  • Quest Diagnostics Connects to CORHIO

    Date: September 18th, 2013Topics: CORHIO Network
    Quest Diagnostics has connected to CORHIO and as a result, all of the state’s largest medical laboratories are now participating in health information exchange. Quest Diagnostics has joined LabCorp and Colorado Laboratory Services (CLS) on the network. Cedar Diagnostics and Schryver Medical are two additional large medical laboratories that are in the process of connecting to the CORHIO HIE.
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  • CORHIO’s CEO Dr. Larry Wolk Appointed Chief Medical Officer for State of Colorado, Executive Director of CDPHE

    Date: September 18th, 2013Topics: CORHIO Governance & Leadership
    On September 13, Dr. Larry Wolk stepped down as CEO of CORHIO to take the positions of Chief Medical Officer for the State of Colorado and Executive Director at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). Dr. Wolk will continue to serve CORHIO as an advisor and member of the Board of Directors. Kelly Joines has been appointed Interim Chief Executive Officer for CORHIO.
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  • EHR Adoption Has Earned Colorado Providers and Hospitals Nearly $200 Million

    Date: August 19th, 2013Topics: EHRs, Meaningful Use
    More than 3,800 payments have been made to Colorado providers and hospitals in the Medicare incentive program, totaling more than $131 million. Colorado Medicaid providers and hospitals have received more than 1,500 incentive payments, totaling more than $62 million. In both programs, Stage 1 is open, so many are attesting to meaningfully using their electronic health systems for the first time.
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  • More Than 1,000 Office-Based Providers Now Connected to CORHIO’s HIE

    Date: August 19th, 2013Topics: CORHIO Network
    Providers from all over Colorado are joining CORHIO’s Health Information Exchange (HIE) network to access patient clinical data from hospitals and labs. In addition to the 1,031 providers currently connected to the HIE, nearly 1,000 more are in the process of connecting. More than 71% of the office-based providers participating are physicians, though there are also Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, and Nurse Midwives also participating.
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  • Craig Hospital’s Patients Now Benefitting From HIE

    Date: July 23rd, 2013Topics: CORHIO Network, Colorado Hospitals & Health Systems
    Craig Hospital is now participating in CORHIO’s secure health information exchange (HIE) network. Denver-based Craig Hospital is world-renowned as a premier center for specialty rehabilitation for people with spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries. Through the HIE connection, patients who are being transferred from another participating Colorado acute-care hospital to Craig Hospital will have smoother transitions because the details of their electronic medical records will immediately follow them as they transition facilities.
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  • All of Colorado’s Large Hospitals Now Participating in Health Information Exchange

    Date: July 23rd, 2013Topics: CORHIO Network, Colorado Hospitals & Health Systems
    Exempla Healthcare’s three hospitals will connect to the CORHIO HIE as a result of the recently executed agreement. Exempla Healthcare, an affiliate of SCL Health System, operates Exempla Good Samaritan Medical Center in Lafayette, Exempla Lutheran Medical Center in Wheat Ridge, and Exempla Saint Joseph Hospital in Denver. With this agreement, now all Colorado hospitals with more than 100 licensed beds are now connected or are in the process to connect to an HIE network.
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  • More Than 100 Long-Term and Post-Acute Care Organizations Participating in CORHIO’s Successful Challenge Grant

    Date: July 23rd, 2013Topics: SNF, Long-Term Care, Home Health, Transitions of Care
    The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) awarded CORHIO a Health Information Exchange (HIE) Challenge Grant in 2011 to help long-term and post-acute care (LTPAC) providers adopt HIE technology to improve care and reduce costs. In particular, the program focused on patients discharged from hospitals and their transition to the care of a skilled nursing facility, long-term acute care facility, assisted living, home health, or hospice. Through the grant, which is now closed for applications, CORHIO is offering compensation to 119 organizations for participating and meeting the qualifications of certain milestones, such as reporting data on hospital readmissions.
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  • More Colo. Behavioral Health Providers Now Using HIE

    Date: June 26th, 2013Topics: CORHIO Network, Behavioral Health
    Colorado health care providers continue to collaborate with CORHIO to find ways to exchange health information while guarding the privacy of behavioral health patients. Over the past year, CORHIO has added six new behavioral health providers to its growing health information exchange (HIE) network—and even more are in the process to connect.
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  • University of Colorado Hospital Now Connected to CORHIO

    Date: June 26th, 2013Topics: CORHIO Network, Colorado Hospitals & Health Systems
    University of Colorado Hospital (UCH) has successfully connected to the CORHIO Health Information Exchange (HIE). By connecting its Epic electronic health record (EHR) system with CORHIO’s HIE, University of Colorado Hospital is ensuring that community-based providers across the state can get access to real-time information about their patients’ recent tests and hospitalizations.
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  • CORHIO Exceeds 2 Million Patients in Health Information Exchange

    Date: June 26th, 2013Topics: HIE, CORHIO Network
    CORHIO has recently achieved a major milestone – approximately 44%* of Colorado’s residents are now represented in the HIE. Data on more than two million unique patients is now available in the HIE, which means Colorado providers can access historical clinical information to be better prepared for patient visits and care transitions.
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  • Community Health Record Saves Lives, Improves Care

    Date: June 5th, 2013Topics: HIE, PatientCare 360, CORHIO Network
    The Community Health Record is a query-based HIE system that allows providers to access aggregated patient records from multiple systems throughout a community. Sometimes called a “longitudinal health record,” it includes information from visits to different hospitals and physicians.
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  • Study Reveals 93 Percent of U.S. Physicians Using EHRs; HIE Usage Increasing

    Date: June 5th, 2013Topics: HIE, EHRs
    A new study from Accenture cites a major increase in physician utilization of electronic health records (EHRs) and health information exchange (HIE). The study reveals that 93 percent of U.S. physicians are using EHRs, and HIE usage has risen by 32 percent from last year’s study.
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