The Massachusetts eHealth Institute (MeHI) at the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative has announced nearly $1.3 million in grants to fund projects that advance the interoperability of electronic health records with the Commonwealth’s health information exchange, called the Mass HIway. Aprima Medical Software is pleased to announce that it was one of the grant recipients for the Massachusetts eHealth Institute.
The primary goal of this competitive grant program, called the Mass HIway Vendor Interface Grant Program, is to accelerate connections to the HIE which will enable health care providers to more easily exchange information and therefore increase the impact of the HIway on every day care delivery. Grants were given to IT vendors that support hospitals and health care organizations, with preference given to vendors in the electronic health record, clinical information system and Care Management sectors that support physicians in small practices, long-term care, or in behavioral health settings, particularly those not covered by so-called ‘Meaningful Use’ incentives. The grants will help diverse records systems connect to and exchange information on the HIway, improving the delivery of health care by providing a direct and secure link to the exchange.
“These grantees are helping health care practitioners across Massachusetts improve the delivery of high-quality, cost-effective health care through access to the Mass HIway,” said Pamela Goldberg, CEO of the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative. “These are leading Health IT companies, some of them located here in the Commonwealth, and their expertise will help hospitals and small health care vendors better exchange information, thereby improving the quality of care for Massachusetts citizens.”
According to Michael Nissenbaum, president and CEO of Aprima, “Needless to say, we are quite pleased that Aprima is part of this critical project. Our customers in Massachusetts will now be able to connect statewide to share patient information via quickly and efficiently with Mass HIway, the state health IT exchange.”
Federal guidelines require EHR systems to include data exchange capabilities that incorporate the Direct Standards, which aim to replace paper-based and proprietary exchanges with more advanced and cost-conscious electronic systems. These grants can accelerate development of a Direct-enabled records system and offset the cost of developing and implementing the interfaces. “These awards move us one step closer toward our goal of having every provider in the Commonwealth connected to the HIway,” stated Laurance Stuntz, Director of the Massachusetts eHealth Institute at MassTech. “These grants will support some of the state’s smaller providers to transition onto the HIway, which will fill in critical gaps in information sharing and move us closer to truly statewide adoption.”