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MassTech grants EHR vendors thousands to improve child behavioral health data reporting

August 23, 2017

Source: Healthcare IT News

By: Bill Siwicki

Netsmart Technologies, eHana, PsyTech Solutions and Qualifacts Systems get nearly $200,000 to build pathways for Massachusetts behavioral health providers to electronically submit reportable data.

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MeHI Grants Aim to Improve Electronic Reporting of Child Behavioral Health Data

August 22, 2017

Source: Massachusetts eHealth Institute

BOSTON – The Massachusetts eHealth Institute (MeHI) at MassTech has awarded nearly $200,000 to four qualified electronic health record (EHR) vendors to build efficient pathways for Massachusetts behavioral health providers to electronically submit reportable data to the Commonwealth’s Children’s Behavioral Health Initiative (CBHI). The grants, the result of an open procurement process under MeHI’s CBHI CANS (Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths) Interface Development Grant program, incentivize the four vendors to build new electronic interfaces and connect 12 Massachusetts behavioral health providers, allowing the providers to efficiently submit CBHI reports, replacing a manual process for the roughly 40,000 reports they submit to the Commonwealth annually.   

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New Survey Research Report Looks at Home Caregivers & Potential of Digital Health Technologies

June 27, 2017

Source: Massachusetts eHealth Institute at MassTech

BOSTON – Today the Massachusetts eHealth Institute at the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (MeHI) hosted an event to launch a new research report undertaken by the MassINC Polling Group focused on the attitudes of caregivers in Massachusetts toward digital health technologies, identifying challenges faced by these caregivers and ways that they could benefit practically and emotionally from future technologies. The report, “Caregivers and Digital Health: A Survey of Trends and Attitudes of Massachusetts Family Caregivers,” found that over 60 percent of those surveyed said being a caregiver disrupts their lives “a great deal” or a “fair amount,” with many feeling isolated due to the constant 24/7/365 stress of that lifestyle, and also found that digital health technologies could assist with certain challenges.

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MeHI Awards $3 Million to Enhance Coordination Among Community Healthcare Providers & Improve Patient Care

June 14, 2016

Source: Massachusetts eHealth Institute

‘Connected Communities’ Grants Aim to Address Critical Healthcare Issues Via Increased Use of Innovative Technologies

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Over $1.3 Million in Grants Awarded to Massachusetts Behavioral Health Providers for Technology Adoption Efforts

December 21, 2015

Source: Massachusetts eHealth Institute

WESTBOROUGH, MA – December 21, 2015 – MeHI, the Massachusetts eHealth Institute at MassTech, has awarded over $1.3 million in grants to 25 behavioral health providers to advance their use of health information technology, or Health IT, designed to improve patient care, reduce healthcare costs, and ensure appropriate privacy and security protection of behavioral health patient data. The awards were made as part of MeHI’s eQuality Incentive Program (eQIP), an initiative that provides grants for critical technology enhancements to both behavioral health and long-term/post-acute care organizations. The behavioral health grantees, selected in two funding rounds, manage a total of 179 facilities in 64 cities and towns across Massachusetts.

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MeHI Awards Nearly $1 Million to Fifteen Long-Term Post-Acute Care

October 22, 2015

Source: Massachusetts eHealth Institute

WESTBOROUGH, MA – October 22, 2015 – MeHI, the Massachusetts eHealth Institute at MassTech, has announced the first round of long-term and post-acute care (LTPAC) grantees from the eQuality Incentive Program (eQIP). MeHI awarded nearly $1 million in grants to 15 post-acute care organizations that oversee 44 facilities and 6,110 patient beds across Massachusetts. Under the eQIP program, MeHI’s funds will help these Massachusetts facilities invest in innovative health information technologies to improve patient care through enhanced care coordination and efficient care transitions. **Note as of Dec. 2015 there will be only 14 post-acute care organizations enrolled in the grant program.

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HIMSS Analytics Names Massachusetts eHealth Institute Certified Educator of Ambulatory EMR Adoption Model

June 22, 2015

Source: HIMSS Analytics

CHICAGO – June 22, 2015 – HIMSS Analytics announced today that MeHI, the Massachusetts eHealth Institute has been named a Certified Educator of the Ambulatory Electronic Medical Record Adoption ModelSM (A-EMRAM). MeHI is the first state agency to achieve HIMSS Analytics’ Certified Educator status.

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New MeHI Grants Seek to Build ‘Connected Communities’ for Delivering Health Care

June 8, 2015

Source: Massachusetts eHealth Institute

WESTBOROUGH, MA - June 8, 2015 - MeHI, the Massachusetts eHealth Institute at MassTech, has launched a new grant program to strengthen the collaborative technology-based connections between healthcare settings in regions across the Commonwealth. The Connected Communities Implementation Grant Program solicits proposals from groups working together to use health information technology to tackle challenges to delivering coordinated healthcare within their community. The program is designed to increase the electronic exchange of health information and strengthen associated workflows in order to help local providers better address the transitions of care and care management needs within their communities, ultimately resulting in better coordination of patient care, improved patient outcomes, and a reduction in healthcare costs.

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Massachusetts Behavioral Health Providers to Receive Nearly $1 Million to Advance Health IT Capabilities

April 9, 2015

Source: Massachusetts eHealth Institute

WESTBOROUGH, MA – April 9, 2015 – MeHI, the Massachusetts eHealth Institute at MassTech, has announced the first round of grantees from the eQuality Incentive Program (eQIP) for behavioral health providers located across the Commonwealth. MeHI has awarded grants to 18 non-profits across the Commonwealth, which will total nearly $1 million if the awardees reach each of the program milestones.

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Long-Term Post-Acute Care Assisted Through New eHealth Incentive Program

February 24, 2015

Source: Massachusetts eHealth Institute

WESTBOROUGH, MA –The application period is now open for a new Request for Proposals from MeHI, the Massachusetts eHealth Institute at MassTech, to increase the effective use of Electronic Health Records (EHRs) in the Long-Term and Post-Acute Care (LTPAC) sector. As part of eQIP, MeHI’s eQuality Incentive Program, awarded funds will assist eligible LTPAC providers in Massachusetts with adopting health information technology. Through the installation of these technologies, the Commonwealth aims to improve the efficiency, cost, and quality of patient care in this critical healthcare sector.

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