Massachusetts eHealth Institute at MassTech Awards $2.35 Million in Grants to Accelerate Connections to Statewide Health Information Exchange

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Thirty-Two Collaborative Projects will Advance Innovative Health Technology Use across Massachusetts

BOSTON - The Massachusetts eHealth Institute at the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (MeHI) today announced 32 collaborative projects that will receive HIway Implementation Grants of up to $75,000 each. These Implementation Grants will assist 80 health care organizations across the Commonwealth in connecting to the statewide Health Information Exchange, the Mass HIway, enabling them to improve patient care and reduce costs.

“We are excited to award these grants to health care organizations across the Commonwealth,” said Pamela Goldberg, CEO of the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative. “We congratulate the recipients on this achievement, and for their commitment to using the Mass HIway and health information technologies, ushering in a new era for patient care.”

Recipients were awarded grants based on their ability to build upon existing improvement efforts that impact care quality, costs or population health. Types of collaborative projects receiving funding include:

  • A large facility using the HIway to manage heart failure patient care;
  • Coordination between care facilities and patient care coordinators;
  • An ambulance service using the HIway for pre-hospital care coordination for the homeless; and
  • An acute care organization using the HIway to share discharge summaries to skilled nursing facilities and home health organizations.

In 2012, MeHI and the Executive Office of Health and Human Services launched the statewide health information exchange, the MassHIway, allowing for secure electronic health information to be transmitted between health care providers and organizations. MeHI works to advance the use and interoperability of electronic health records by supporting adoption of the Mass HIway, the state’s health information exchange.

Part of the Mass HIWay Last Mile Program, the Implementation Grants are designed to accelerate connections to the Mass HIway by shifting existing processes away from paper-based exchanges and those using proprietary interfaces, ultimately demonstrate measurable improvements in care quality, population health, and cost containment through use of health information technology. The Last Mile Program is funded through the Office of the National Coordinator of Health IT at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

“The long-term participation of health care organizations throughout Massachusetts is key to the success of the Mass HIway and realizing the goals of health care reform,” said Laurance Stuntz, Director of the Massachusetts eHealth Institute at MassTech. “The projects that will move forward with the aid of these grants bring us a significant step closer to achieving our shared mission.”

“I would like to add my congratulations to these 32 grantees”, said Senator James T Welch, Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on Health Care Financing. “Having the technology to connect our health care providers and organizations is an important component of providing improved care at lower costs. I look forward to seeing the impact of these improvements on patient care.”

About the Massachusetts eHealth Institute

The Massachusetts eHealth Institute (MeHI) at the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative is the state's entity for health care innovation, technology, and competitiveness and is responsible for advancing the dissemination of health information technology throughout Massachusetts, including the deployment of electronic health records systems in all health care provider settings and connecting them through the statewide health information exchange. For more information, please visit mehi.masstech.org and follow @MassEHealth.

About the Mass HIway

The Massachusetts Health Information Highway (Mass HIway) is a collaboration between the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) and MeHI to deploy a secure statewide health information exchange. The Mass HIway enables the electronic movement of health related information among diverse organizations, such as doctors’ offices, hospitals, laboratories, pharmacies, skilled nursing facilities and health plans. The HIway facilitates the exchange of clinical information among varied health care information systems, while maintaining the meaning of the information being exchanged, regardless of provider affiliation, location or differences in technology. Using the HIway can give doctors and other clinicians a more comprehensive understanding of their patients’ full medical histories to inform a more complete delivery of their healthcare. You can follow updates at #MassHIway.

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Awarded Projects Include:

Grantee: Baystate Health, Inc.
Collaborators: Baystate Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice, Mercy Medical Center Center/Sisters of Providence Health System, RiverBend Medical Group, Baycare Health Partners
Description: Care summary exchanges to improve care transitions of Heart Failure patients
Amount: $75,000

Grantee: Berkshire Health Systems
Collaborators: Baystate Medical Center, Suburban Internal Medicine
Description: Cardiac care referrals from a regional hospital to a tertiary care center
Amount: $75,000

Grantee: Center for Human Development, Inc.
Collaborators: Caring Health Center, Community Health Center of Franklin County, Holyoke Health Center
Description: Integrate primary and behavioral health care through information exchange
Amount: $75,000

Grantee: Central MA Independent Physician Association
Collaborators: Sunita Godiwala MD, FAAFP, FABGS; George Abraham MD, MPH, FACP, Jewish Healthcare Center
Description: Exchange clinical information between primary care providers and a skilled nursing facility
Amount: $75,000

Grantee: Clinical & Support Options, Inc.
Collaborators: Baystate Franklin Medical Center, Cooley-Dickinson Hospital
Description: Transfer clinical and BH information between behavioral health providers and the acute care hospitals
Amount: $75,000

Grantee: Community Healthlink, Inc.
Collaborator: Family Health Center of Worcester
Description: Exchange coordination of patient care with primary and behavioral health care providers
Amount: $75,000

Grantee: Cutchins Programs for Children & Families
Collaborator: Executive Office of Health & Human Services
Description: Exchange public health information between behavioral health counseling center and Department of Public Health
Amount: $75,000

Grantee: The Dimock Center
Collaborators: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Children’s Hospital Boston, eClinicalWorks
Description: Care and discharge summary exchange from two academic medical centers to a community health center
Amount: $73,750

Grantee: EasCare Ambulance Service, LLC
Collaborator: Boston Healthcare for the Homeless
Description: Exchange pre-hospital care information between ambulance service provider and Primary Care Providers at community health center
Amount: $75,000

Grantee: Harbor Medical Associates (HMA)
Collaborators: South Shore Hospital, Allscripts
Description: Send Continuity of Care Documents from ambulatory medical group to acute care hospital
Amount: $75,000

Grantee: Hebrew Senior Life/Hebrew Rehabilitation Center
Collaborators: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Atrius Health
Description: Improve efficiency & accuracy of patient documentation from Acute to Post Acute to Primary Care
Amount: $75,000

Grantee: Heywood Hospital
Collaborator: Gardner Visiting Nurses Association
Description: Exchange discharge summary & lab results between hospital and VNA
Amount: $70,875

Grantee: Highpoint Treatment Center
Collaborators: Massachusetts Department of Mental Health, Netsmart Technologies
Description: Exchange enrollment information from behavioral health treatment center to Department of Public Health
Amount: $55,143

Grantee: Holyoke Health Center
Collaborators: Holyoke Medical Center, River Valley Counseling Center
Description: Exchange referrals & clinical info. between community health center, hospital, behavioral health center & other community providers
Amount: $73,989

Grantee: Home Health VNA
Collaborators: Lawrence Gen Hospital, Greater Lawrence Family Health Center, Pentucket Medical
Description: Exchange discharge summary between hospital emergency department and VNA
Amount: $75,000

Grantee: Joseph M. Smith Community Health Center
Collaborators: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, NextGen Healthcare Information Systems, Inc.
Description: Send community health center referrals via a Direct-enabled electronic health record to an academic medical center
Amount: $75,000

Grantee: Life Image, Inc.
Collaborators: Boston Children’s Hospital, Atrius Health
Description: Exchange imaging information for trauma patient between acute care hospital and Primary Care Providers
Amount: $75,000

Grantee: MetroWest Accountable Healthcare Organization
Collaborators: MetroWest Medical Ctr. St., Vincent Hospital, MetroWest Physician Services, St. Vincent Medical Group
Description: Patient referral communication and care coordination via Continuity of Care Documents
Amount: $75,000

Grantee: Milford Regional Health Systems
Collaborators: Medway Country Manor, Care Tenders
Description: Transmit patient discharge information from hospital to Skilled Nursing Facility & home health agency
Amount: $75,000

Grantee: MRN Corp/Sippican Healthcare Center
Collaborators: US Laboratories; Whittier Healthcare Holdings. II, MobilexUSA
Description: Lab and radiology ordering & billing from a long-term care facility to commercial service providers
Amount: $75,000

Grantee: Network Health
Collaborator: Brockton Neighborhood Health Center
Description: Exchange care plan information on high-risk patients between a health plan and Community Health Center
Amount: $75,000

Grantee: North Adams Regional Hospital
Collaborator: Orthopedic Association of Northern Berkshire
Description: Discharge summaries/ Continuity of Care Documents from hospital to specialist; referrals from specialist to hospital
Amount: $75,000

Grantee: North Adams Regional Hospital
Collaborator: Northshore Berkshire Pediatrics
Description: Send Continuity of Care Documents from the NARH VNA to NB Pedi; NB Pedi send referrals to VNA for home services patients
Amount: $75,000

Grantee: Overlook Visiting Nursing Association
Collaborator: Harrington Hospital
Description: Transmit discharge information from hospital to home health care agency
Amount: $65,673

Grantee: Pinnacle Health Management, LLP
Collaborators: Taunton Nursing Home, Morton Hospital
Description: Exchange for behavioral health patients transitioning from acute to long-term care
Amount: $75,000

Grantee: Salter Healthcare
Collaborator: Winchester Hospital
Description: Discharge information from a hospital to long term care facility and from long term care facility back to hospital as needed
Amount: $75,000

Grantee: Seniorlink via Caregiver Homes
Collaborator: Senior Whole Health
Description: Data exchange between care management provider, long-term services & supports, & health plan (dual-eligible elders)
Amount: $75,000

Grantee: South Shore Hospital
Collaborator: Atrius Health
Description: Emergency department admission alert by medical center to primary care providers triggering return of care summary
Amount: $75,000

Grantee: Trustees of Noble Hospital
Collaborator: Pediatric Associates of Hamden County
Description: Lab orders transmitted from pediatric practice to hospital
Amount: $75,000

Grantee: UMass Memorial Health Care
Collaborator: Milford Regional Medical Center
Description: Exchange lab results between acute care hospital and academic medical center
Amount: $75,000

Grantee: UMass Memorial Health Care
Collaborator: CVS Caremark MinuteClinic
Description: 2-way exchange of patient care data between retail healthcare sites and an academic medical center
Amount: $45,000

Grantee: Winchester Highland Management, LLC
Collaborators: Winchester Hospital, Winchester Home Care, Excel Orthopedics
Description: Transmit referrals from specialty to hospital & discharge information from hospital to home care
Amount: $75,000