Maine Community Health Centers to aggregate EHR data for benchmarking

Maine Primary Care Association (MPCA), the organization of the state's community health centers, is launching a quality improvement program based on the aggregation of the community health centers' patient data.

Arcadia Solutions, a health IT consulting firm, will work with MPCA's 19 member CHCs to connect their EHRs to a centralized database that houses and standardizes clinical data. Seventeen of the CHCs use the NextGen EHR.

The reporting tools in the database software will enable both the MPCA and individual CHCs to benchmark their data across care settings to identify best practices and do population health management. Users will also be able to view clinical, financial and operational data. And, by leveraging the central repository, MPCA hopes to reduce the cost of adding other technologies and interfaces.

One such interface, called ImmPact, connects the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) with MPCA's members, allowing the CDC to transmit up-to-date immunization data into the CHCs' EHRs.

MPCA is also introducing "CHIPRA reporting," which alerts MPCA members when their Medicaid patients are up for reenrollment, decreasing the potential for costly gaps in patient coverage.

To learn more:

- read the Healthcare IT News article

- see what MPCA is doing in health IT

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