MAeHC to help state HIE go ‘last mile’

April 25, 2013 in Medical Technology

The Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative will offer program management services to support the Massachusetts eHealth Institute Last Mile Program, which seeks to stimulate adoption of health information exchange technology.

Officials say the ultimate goal of MeHI’s Last Mile program is to connect 50,000 providers across the commonwealth to the Massachusetts Health Information Highway, or Mass HIway, over the next two years.

MAeHC will be primarily responsible for establishing a program management office to work with MeHI and Mass HIway in developing an outreach strategy to ensure alignment of activities related to adoption, officials say.

[See also: MAeHC tapped to lead New England Healthcare Exchange Network]

In addition, MAeHC will work with MeHI and electronic health record vendors in the state to streamline interface development and coordinate connections to the Mass HIway; it will also develop the documentation needed to support broad community adoption in an effort to ease future implementations.

“We are ecstatic to be a part of such a groundbreaking project,” said Micky Tripathi, president and CEO of Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative, in a press statement. “The Last Mile Program is another major milestone for the state’s health information exchange initiative, and demonstrates how far we have come in such a short time. We’re confident in MeHI’s vision for the program, and are looking forward to contributing to its success.”

[See also: What’s next for Massachusetts’ HIE?]

MAeHC will bring together various healthcare communities and improve overall care delivery for patients and providers in the commonwealth. Further, the successful development and utilization of the PMO will enable MAeHC to provide the required oversight, vendor management, facilitation and coordination to keep the interface projects on task.

“The Mass HIWay has come a long way since its inception in 2011 through the launch in October 2012 and now into the rollout phase of the project,” said Laurance Stuntz, director of the Massachusetts eHealth Institute at the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, in a statement. “MAeHC has played a significant role in that progress, so we’re thrilled that they have signed on for the Last Mile Project.”

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