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Technology Grant of $75,000 Received by Lawrence General

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, including one involving Lawrence General Hospital. 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;
•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.”

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