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JUNE 19, 2012 - The Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) has recently approved the MDPHnet project (Massachusetts Department of Public Health Network) as a Query Health Pilot. MDPHnet is one of two HIE Challenge Grant recipients that addresses the development of distributed population-level analytics. Query Health is an Open Government Initiative that is establishing the standards and services for distributed population health queries across the country.
The goal of MDPHnet is to create a distributed network, to support a wider array of health department needs by using the wealth of data in electronic health record (EHR) systems from diverse providers. MDPHnet will provide the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) with a richer view of health in the Commonwealth, a better means to identify disparities and priority areas for intervention, and more detailed and immediate data to inform public health policies. Additionally, clinicians using this system should be able to use the analytic functions to run benchmarking analyses for quality improvement measures for their patients.
Since the development of MDPHnet has begun and its querying capabilities have become more apparent, ONC requested that the MDPHnet Project participate in the Query Health Pilot. Prompted by this encouragement, the MDPHnet team submitted a proposal to become a Query Health Pilot, which included changes to the current MDPHnet technology platform to meet Pilot requirements. The proposal was officially approved by the ONC Query Health Team on May 24th. The MDPHnet Pilot Project Profile form has been posted to the Query Health Pilots wiki page. Read more.