Wavelength Information Services, Inc. is pleased to announce that it has become the first Maryland State-Designated Management Service Organization (MSO) contracted through the CRISP REC (Chesapeake Regional Information System for our Patients – Regional Extension Center) to foster Electronic Health Record (EHR) adoption within Maryland. CRISP was awarded $5.5 million to assist 1,000 primary care providers deploy Electronic Health Records (EHRs) and achieve meaningful use through a grant from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC). The ONC grant will enable Wavelength to provide healthcare IT consulting services to priority primary care providers (PPCPs) within the state of Maryland at no cost to the providers.
The CRISP Regional Extension Center has assembled a team of MSOs that are uniquely positioned to help providers adopt EHRs, get connected to Maryland’s health information exchange (HIE), and achieve meaningful use. An MSO is much more than just an EHR vendor. It’s an organization with roots in Maryland and local resources that will go the extra mile to ensure that the needs of your practice are met. MSOs are well-versed in a variety of EHR technologies and offer an array of additional services to help advance your practice.
As with RECs throughout the country, Wavelength will be providing services including:
- EHR and other Meaningful Use education;
- Practice and workflow redesign;
- EHR project management and implementation;
- Assistance with connecting your EHR to the HIE; and
- Help with achieving meaningful use.
Additionally, Wavelength is the only Maryland MSO to become a Candidate for Accreditation by Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC). EHNAC is the nationally recognized accreditation organization identified by the Maryland Health Care Commission (MHCC) to administer the MSO State Designation Criteria.
“With health information technology adoption on the rise, accreditation programs such as the one developed for MSOs provides true confidence to healthcare providers in the organizations with whom they are working. MSOAP ensures that these organizations comply with industry-established standards for a wide range of necessary privacy, security, confidentiality, accountability and efficiency in healthcare transactions,” said Lee Barrett, executive director of EHNAC. “State regulatory agencies such as the Maryland Health Care Commission (MHCC) understand this need and value of such and are embracing MSOAP accreditation as a state requirement. We are actively working with additional states to implement similar programs.” [Read more…]