Massachusetts Extends Deadline for EHR Adoption

November 1, 2016

Source: New England Psychologist

By: Janine Weisman
Massachusetts behavioral health care providers have more time to fully adopt electronic health record systems (EHR) that connect to the state’s health information exchange via a network called the Mass HIway.
The Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services recently announced that the date to connect to the statewide network for transmitting health care data among providers, hospitals and other entities and improve coordination of care would be a date later than Jan. 1, 2018.

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Use Cases Driving Uptick in Health Data Exchange with Direct

October 26, 2016

Source: Health IT Interoperability

By Kyle Murphy, PhD
The use of the Direct standard to enable health information exchange continues to rise.

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With Watson Health, IBM bets big on health care

August 30, 2016

Source: Boston Globe

By Priyanka Dayal McCluskey
IBM is making a big bet on health care, and it’s doing it here in the technology and life sciences hub of Massachusetts. Since IBM Watson Health was launched in 2015, the company has made four acquisitions worth about $4 billion and forged numerous partnerships with major hospitals, drug makers, and other companies.

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How a Boston blizzard kickstarted telehealth at Massachusetts General

August 3, 2016

Source: mobihealthnews

By: Jonah Comstock
Most Bostonians look back on the blizzard of late 2014 less than fondly. But there was a silver lining for Massachusetts General Hospital, which found in the snowstorm the perfect test case for its then-fledgling telehealth program.

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UMass, state taking telemedicine to next level

August 1, 2016

Source: Worcester Business Journal Online

By: Laura Finaldi
Telemedicine is opening doors to treating patients throughout Massachusetts.

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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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Massachusetts Launches Comprehensive Digital Health Initiative

January 7, 2016

Source: The Official Website of the Governor of Massachusetts

BOSTON – Today, Governor Charlie Baker, Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh, Speaker Robert A. DeLeo and executives from the Massachusetts Competitive Partnership (MACP) joined leaders from across state government, healthcare, and the technology sector at Boston Children’s Hospital to announce a comprehensive public-private partnership designed to accelerate the competitiveness of the Commonwealth’s digital healthcare industry.

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Massachusetts eHealth Institute doles out $1.3 million in EHR grants for behavioral health

January 4, 2016

Source: Healthcare IT News

By Bernie Monegain
Grant supports facilities that are not eligible for reimbursement under the federal meaningful use electronic health records program.

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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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