HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Dr. David Blumenthal Visit Indianapolis to Recognize the $16M Central Indiana Beacon C

Beacon Community Award to Indiana Health Information Exchange-Led Consortium Provides Validation That Indiana’s Health Information Exchange and Quality Improvement Efforts Are a National Model

INDIANAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- With federal officials calling Indiana’s health information exchange and related quality improvement efforts among the largest and most successful in the country, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and ONC’s National Coordinator for Health Information Technology Dr. David Blumenthal visited Indianapolis today.

The purpose of the visit was to talk about the Central Indiana Beacon Community’s opportunity to expand its already extensive, secure network (over 10 million patients, 14,000 physicians and over 70 healthcare organizations, including 60 hospitals). The event also showcased how the Beacon Program will help support the ‘meaningful use’ of health information technology throughout Central Indiana to support better, safer and more efficient patient care.

“The Central Indiana Beacon Community has a level of collaboration and the ability to organize quality efforts in an effective manner from its history of building long standing relationships,” said HHS Secretary Sebelius. “We are thrilled to be working with a community that is far ahead in the use of health information to bring positive change to patient care.”

Key partners of the Central Indiana Beacon Community discussed with Secretary Sebelius and Dr. Blumenthal the community’s plans provide measurable improvements in diabetic care, increase screening for colorectal and cervical cancer, help prevent hospital admissions and re-admissions and reduce redundant testing, and make these gains sustainable. It also showcased other quality efforts being conducted by the Indiana Health Information Exchange that dovetail with the Central Indiana Beacon Community efforts.

NOTE: Visit http://www.ihie.org/pdfs/Beacon%20Community%20FINAL%205.4.pdf for additional information on the Central Indiana Beacon Community Grant.

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HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Indiana Health Information Exchange CEO discuss Indiana's $16M Beacon Grant's impact on healthcare quality improvement efforts in the state. (Photo: Business Wire)