Mosaica Partners, a nationally recognized health information consulting and advisory firm, has been selected to assist the State of Arizona in updating its health information exchange (HIE) strategic and operations plans.
Arizona selected Mosaica Partners for the firm’s HIE expertise, knowledge of the State HIE Collaborative Agreement Program (SHIECAP), and prior experience in working with the state. Previously, Mosaica Partners assisted Arizona in developing a state grant program to support the planning of regional health information organizations (RHIOs) and assisted each of the six grant awardees during their planning process. The firm also wrote the State of Arizona’s RHIO Formation Guide.
“Arizona is making significant progress in enabling the statewide exchange of health information, and it’s important that the strategic and operational plans accurately reflect that activity,” said Laura Kolkman, RN, MS, FHIMSS, president of Mosaica Partners. “We’re honored that Arizona has chosen us to help with this important step, and it’s a pleasure to be working with the state once again.”
The state’s initial plans, which outlined Arizona’s approach to utilizing $9.3M in federal funds to enable the exchange of health information within the state, were submitted to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and subsequently approved in March 2011 by the Office of the National Coordinator of Health Information Technology (ONC). Under the terms of SHIECAP, Arizona and other participants must submit annual HIE plan updates to HHS for approval.
The updated plans will form the basis for coordinating and communicating Arizona’s progress in adopting health information technology and facilitating information exchange with the federal government, various state agencies, healthcare providers throughout the state and consumers.
In addition to having deep experience in HIE planning, formation and operations, Kolkman and Bob Brown, Mosaica’s vice president of professional services, co-authored The Health Information Exchange Formation Guide: The Authoritative Guide for Planning and Forming an HIE in Your State, Region, or Community. The book, considered by many to be the essential guide to HIE planning, was named the 2011 Book of the Year by the Healthcare Information Management and Systems Society (HIMSS). The guide is available for purchase in the HIMSS online store and as a HIMSS eBook.
SOURCE: Mosaica Partners