The Colorado Regional Health Information Organization (CORHIO) continues to add to its number of healthcare organizations and providers connected to its health information exchange (HIE), according to a recent announcement by the state-designated HIE in Colorado. An agreement with South Metro Primary Care (SMPC) will bring 118 primary care providers in 26 practices locations live on the network.
The first task SMPC will undertake is connecting those practices using EHR systems from Amazing Charts and Allscripts, which will then be followed by bringing adopters of other EHR solutions on to the CORHIO HIE.
“Primary care providers and their patients can benefit greatly from the use of health information exchange technology,” said. “We are pleased to see that primary care providers, including those with the South Metro Primary Care group, are increasingly discovering value in the time-savings and cost-savings that CORHIO’s services provide,” said CORHIO CEO Larry Wolk, MD, in a public statement. “On top of that, we know that each time a new physician practice connects to the COHRIO HIE network, it means that hundreds — or even thousands — of patients are receiving higher quality, better coordinated health care. That is central to CORHIO’s mission.”
In partnership with its management company Physician Health Partners (PHP), SMPC is actively engaged in care delivery reform as one of 32 Pioneer Accountable Core Organizations (ACOs) across the country. Strategically, connecting to the CORHIO HIE networks streamlines improvements to care coordination and collaboration among providers.
Connecting SMPC to its HIE brings the tally of connected healthcare organizations and providers participating in the exchange of health information on a state level:
• 28 hospitals,
• 700+ office-based providers,
• 40 long-term and post-acute care facilities,
• 4 behavioral health centers
• 2 large medical laboratories
Additionally, CORHIO is still working to expand the reach of its HIE with more connections.