In an effort to bolster primary care in Patient Centered Medical Homes (PCMH), the National Center for Quality Assurance (NCQA) is releasing new standards for medical home recognition this spring, and health IT has a prominent role in the revised standards.
A recent article in Imaging Economics, a monthly journal focusing on radiology and other imaging technologies, examines the benefits of the health information exchange (HIE) and features the Massachusetts Health Information Highway (Mass HIway) and several comments from Sean Kennedy, HIE director at MeHI.
Many health care providers in Massachusetts, such as nursing homes and assisted living facilities, do not have electronic health records (EHRs), but that does not mean they cannot connect to the Massachusetts Health Information Highway (Mass HIway), the statewide health information exchange (HIE).
On January 8th, Governor Deval Patrick and Secretary John Polanowicz participated in a live demonstration of Query and Retrieve Services on the Mass HIway providing a glimpse of the future of care for the Commonwealth.
CVS Caremark MinuteClinic (CVSMC), which operates 47 walk-in clinics in Massachusetts, and provides treatment for common family illnesses and injuries, administers vaccinations and offers other services, is collaborating with UMass Memorial Health Care (UMMHC) on a Mass HIway Implementation Grant that aims to share patient data electronically between the two organizations. The collaboration is designed to enhance patient care, lower overall costs and assist UMMHC in its migration toward value-based care.
We are excited to announce that the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) has extended the Regional Extension Center (REC) program for Massachusetts. The Massachusetts eHealth Institute (MeHI) serves as the state’s only REC and will be able to continue to assist providers across the Commonwealth with electronic health record (EHR) implementations and Meaningful Use.