Statewide adoption of electronic health records key to lowering health care costs, improving quality
BOSTON – The Patrick-Murray Administration today announced health information technology leader Laurance Stuntz as the new director of the Massachusetts eHealth Institute (MeHI) - part of the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative.
Controlling health care costs and adopting innovative technologies is critical to the future of health care reform in Massachusetts,” said Secretary of Health and Human Services Dr. JudyAnn Bigby. “Under the leadership of Laurance Stuntz, MeHI will continue to help the Patrick-Murray Administration lead the way on transitioning to electronic health technology, reducing costs and improving care for patients.”
Massachusetts was the first state in the nation to reach its enrollment goal of 2,500 health care providers to adopt the use of electronic health records. Under President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, the Administration is working with patients and physicians throughout the Commonwealth to advance technology to improve health care quality, safety, efficiency and population health.
MeHI has received $24 million in federal Recovery Act funding to develop the Massachusetts Regional Extension Center and initiate a statewide Health Information Exchange.
Additionally, MeHI has partnered with MassHealth to administer key components of the Medicaid Electronic Health Records (EHR) Incentive Payment Program, which promotes the adoption of interoperable electronic health records and provides incentive payments to eligible professionals and eligible hospitals that adopt, implement, upgrade and demonstrate meaningful use of federally certified EHR technology.
“Laurance Stuntz has a proven track record in the ehealth arena that will benefit the Massachusetts eHealth Institute and the Commonwealth,” said Pamela Goldberg, CEO of the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative. “Through Laurance’s vision and leadership, Massachusetts will be well-positioned to lead the nation in the exchange of health information that will improve the quality and efficiency of patient care.”
“I am very excited and truly honored to be asked to lead the Massachusetts eHealth Institute at a time in its history when we have a chance to leverage the significantly increasing usage of electronic health records, the growing maturity of health information exchange standards and the core HIE infrastructure being installed by the Commonwealth,” said Stuntz. “I thank the Patrick-Murray Administration and the Legislature for their focus on increasing the efficiency and quality of health care in our communities."
Stuntz most recently served as a senior vice president at NaviNet, where he was responsible for product development and solution architecture for the nation’s largest real time healthcare network.
He is a former partner at CSC Healthcare Group, and helped create the CSC Collaborative Communities practice, which focused on developing solutions that allow health care providers and payers to efficiently exchange information. Stuntz also worked for the Metro Chicago Health Information Exchange and was the chief architect for the development of the New England Healthcare EDI Network, the first health information exchange in New England.
Stuntz succeeds former MeHI Director Rick Shoup, who will serve as MeHI’s Chief Technology Officer.
About the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative:
The Massachusetts Technology Collaborative is an economic development agency charged with catalyzing technology innovation throughout the Commonwealth. The collaborative brings together leaders from industry, government and academia to advance solutions that improve the health care system, expand high-speed Internet access and strengthen the growth and development of the state’s technology sector.