Massachusetts HIE moves forward with $22 million
Gov. Deval Patrick announced the next step of development in the Massachusetts health information exchange (Mass HIway). Patrick will be able to leverage federal funding of up to $22.3 million. The announcement was made in cooperation with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center during a walk-through demonstration of Mass HIway, which simulated a use case of the system, retrieving medical information from another healthcare organization, a fundamental test of HIE technology.
Mass HIway initially went live on October 16, 2012 and connected 55 medical institutions in its inaugural year.
The additional funds will assist physicians and healthcare providers in reporting clinical quality measures, an effort seen as essential to implementing bundled payment approaches for compensating providers.
“The Mass HIway will provide Holyoke a mechanism to extend its capability to share clinical information with primary providers and payers to manage chronic disease patients across the continuum to reduce hospital readmissions and improve population health,” said Holyoke Medical Center Vice President of Operations and CIO Carl Cameron.
The Mass HIway will also allow clinicians to submit electronically to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health data on immunizations and other population health monitoring strategies.