Quality Health Network eNewsletter
July | August 2014

Interoperability Key to EHR User Satisfaction

The interoperability of electronic health records (EHR) is consistently one of the key factors noted in EHR provider satisfaction surveys. EHR interoperability improves workflow and allows for the consistent, accurate transfer of data among disparate EHR systems creating an environment that improves the delivery and continuity of healthcare.


The focus on interoperability continues to move to the forefront as providers work to meet the Transitions of Care (ToC) milestones in Meaningful Use Stage 2 (MU2). The current National Coordinator, Karen DeSalvo, MD, MPH, MSc has championed the cause of interoperability since assuming her post in the beginning of 2014. "Clinicians are ready for data to enable and inform care and improve their efficiency... And evolving technology is providing us with promising new ways to achieve interoperability," she writes in her recent HealthITBuzz blog.


QHN interface essential to interoperability 


Western Colorado providers find interoperability through QHN central in their EHR selection process, workflow and provider to provider communication. "We told a few vendors we were looking at that they were off the table unless they had an interface with QHN," said Dr. David Scott of the Allergy and Asthma Center of Western Colorado. "Many responded that their product feels just like an interface because your note is electronically faxed, that's not an interface. We needed something you can look up in the ED. The QHN EHR Connectivity Matrix was a big guide for us, it was the first step to narrow our EHR choices."  


QHN Now Live with CDPHE to Support Electronic Lab Reporting (ELR)

Helping Western Colorado Hospitals Meet MU2

Electronic Laboratory Reporting (ELR) is the electronic transmission from laboratories to public health, of laboratory reports which identify reportable conditions. ELR has many benefits, including improved timeliness, reduction of manual data entry errors, and reports that are more complete. Electronic Laboratory Reporting has been promoted as a public health priority for the past several years and its inclusion as a MU2 objective for public health has served as a catalyst to accelerate its adoption.


In Colorado, hospitals are required to complete electronic laboratory reporting (ELR), of certain reportable conditions to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE).  QHN has recently established a direct interface with CDPHE that helps automate this reporting process for hospital labs with connectivity to QHN.


"Electronic lab reporting through HIE is a win-win situation for hospitals and public health," said Andrew Horvath, MPH, Electronic Laboratory Reporting Coordinator at CDPHE. "We appreciate our partnership with QHN. Our goals are to make the process of transmitting the needed clinical data as efficient and easy as possible to help improve health outcomes for all Coloradans." 


The QHN partnership with CDPHE for ELR has significant public health implications including a unique opportunity to collaboratively work for population health improvement and to advance the cooperation between clinical and public healthcare at the local and state level. The partnership supports improvements in patient-centric preventive care and bi-directional communication with clinical care providers.


Thompson Appointed CIVHC Vice-Chair

The Center for Improving Value in Health Care (CIVHC) is a nonpartisan, independent organization, supporting the advancement of initiatives focused on the Triple Aim of better health, better care and lower costs and ensuring that Coloradans have transparent and available data to make the best healthcare decisions. CIVHC provides synergy, leadership, tools, data and support to stakeholders across the healthcare spectrum to drive value in Colorado's healthcare system.  


At the June, 2014 CIVHC Board meeting Dick Thompson, QHN's Executive Director and CEO was appointed the organization's Vice Chair. QHN is a key player in Colorado's healthcare reform with Dick serving as a charter Board Member of CIVHC since its establishment in 2008 by Executive Order of the governor. 


"Dick brings to the CIVHC Board a unique mix of business, technology and healthcare acumen, as well as the insights that come from running a successful, innovative Health Information Exchange (HIE) for 10 years. His contributions and commitment to contain costs and improve the health and patient experience of all Coloradans is invaluable," said Michael Huotari, CIVHC Board Chair. "I am pleased that Dick has agreed to step into a leadership position on the CIVHC board"

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New QHN Platform Demos, Education and Training

The new QHN platform solution has a modern, easy to use, look and feel with many new user friendly features that will facilitate and enhance providers' workflow.  In order to assist QHN participants transition to the new platform the QHN Clinical Account managers are scheduling meetings with each connected organization, practice and provider to establish an individualized "road map" assessment to facilitate the platform change. Part of this assessment involves identifying the users training and educational needs. 


With the vast western Colorado geographical area QHN serves - almost 40,000 square miles - the need to serve our customers using various educational modalities is unmistakable. The Clinical team is in the process of planning regional "super user" demos, webinars and on-site training activities. As these educational opportunities are scheduled they will be posted on the QHN Event Calendar and participants will have the opportunity to view short instructional videos from our web site. 

August Events and Education
Meaningful Use 
Hot Topics
Conference Call
August 20, 2014 
12:15 - 1:15 pm



All Things HISP
Back by popular demand!



Marc Lassaux, 
Chief Technical Officer
Laura Head, QHN Interface Analyst
On the Road to 10 with ICD-10 Small Physician Practice Tool

CMS webinar Tuesday, August 5, 12 - 1 pm ET on ICD-10. Includes the 
Road to 10free online tool to create an ICD-10 action plan.  

Comment Period for 2015 Physician Fee Schedule


View the proposed rule Federal Register. It includes provisions related to:

You may comment until 5:00 PM ET on September 2, 2014 at: Regulations.gov.

Quick links to New QHN Website  
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