Alerts - The Cornerstone of Care Coordination 

Alerts are electronic notifications triggered when patients are registered in the ED or admitted or discharged, from a hospital. Alerts are designed to provide real-time, actionable notifications to providers for care coordination and quality improvement purposes. The alert delivers information about a patient's medical services encounter, demographics and the date and time of the event to the PCP of record and those "subscribed" to the patient.


Designed to improve the timely flow of information, alerts assist providers and case managers to quickly and effectively address the immediate healthcare needs and follow-up care of their patients transitioning from one care setting to another. In the 2nd quarter of 2015 almost 23,000 alerts were delivered to the 35 practices/organizations participating in this QHN service offering. How alerts work.   


Providing a High Value Proposition


Alerts, and the utilization insights they disclose, have an increasing value proposition in the context of value-based payment models. While providers have always had a clinical interest in knowing about patient encounters and care outside of their practice or facility, new models are shifting financial incentives and risk to providers, making "patient panel intelligence" increasingly central to financial success.



QHN & CORHIO Colorado Care Connections Program

NEW funding is now available for qualified practices to access in-office support for new or enhanced Health Information Exchange (HIE) connectivity for Electronic Health Record (EHR) utilization optimization. Quality Health Network (QHN) and Colorado Regional Health Information Organization (CORHIO) are partnering with the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing to offer qualified Medicaid practices the opportunity to establish new, or enhance their existing, HIE connectivity and functionality.


Qualified Practices are Eligible for: 

  • Consultation and training on electronic workflow and optimal utilization of EHR and HIE connectivity for improved practice functionality.
  • Support for achieving Meaningful Use Stage 2 requirements through enhanced HIE connectivity.
  • Sending and receiving information from other practices, hospitals/other healthcare facilities electronically, to support transitions of care work.
  • Enhancing technical connectivity and functionality between your EHR and the QHN network (funds do not cover EHR vendor fees) to support single sign on, patient alerts, Direct secure messaging, electronic ordering, image enabled results delivery and data acquisition to support population health, care coordination, registry and patient risk tools.
Contact QHN to see if Your Practice Qualifies 

Learn more about this opportunity and see if your practice qualifies, please contact your QHN clinical account manager or call QHN at: 970-248-0033.
Colorado Canyons Hospital & Medical Center Launches 
Image Exchange

In mid-June Colorado Canyons Hospital and Medical Center became the first Mesa County hospital to go-live with the image exchange technology through the QHN HIE. This service allows Colorado Canyons Hospital to provide higher quality, more responsive care to their patients by assuring their medical images will be safely and securely accessible to healthcare providers across western Colorado.


The new Image Exchange feature in QHN is a great enhancement to medical information delivery," stated Dr. Michael Neste MD, Director of Radiology. Any medical provider with access to QHN will be able to view their patient's Radiologic images, from Colorado Canyons Hospital, on their personal computer. There is no longer a need for direct access to a hospital PAC system.  It is as simple as clicking a link embedded in the Radiology report in QHN.  In addition, the interactive tool provides the opportunity for the Radiologist and medical provider to collaborate real-time while viewing the images simultaneously." 


Western Mountain Regional Health Alliance

QHN works with many community collaborative organizations focused on improved access to healthcare and care coordination in their medical neighborhoods. The West Mountain Regional Health Alliance (WMRHA) is a group of organizations in the Eagle, Garfield and Pitkin counties building a collaborative network, focused on achieving optimal health for all people in the region.  WMRHA has identified four priorities and established work-groups for each area.

  • Quality - Improving the quality of the patient experience
  • Access - Increasing access to care
  • Health Equity - Advocacy for health equity for all
  • Cost - Controlling per capita healthcare costs 

As with many regions in western Colorado, access to care for individuals participating in the Medicaid, CHP+ and Medicare programs is becoming a significant challenge. WMRHA is interested in understanding the level of acceptance and barriers to the regions practice/organizations acceptance of patients covered by these programs.


If you would be willing to support WMRHA's work by completing a short survey please contact Kathleen Lyons, Eagle County Economic Services Director 

Hot Topics Conference Call
Date: July 15, 2015 | 12:15-1:15 pm

Topic: Alerts & Subscription:
Tools for ACO Patient Management 

Presenters: The QHN Clinical Team 

Primary Care Transformation -What Fosters Sustainable Change?


Rocky Mountain Health Plans has released a new issue brief which asks four leaders in the field to share their insights on sustainable primary care transformation. 


They offer Ten lessons for the path forward:

  • Nurture effective and stable leadership
  • Gather together
  • Spark physician enthusiasm
  • Demand federal commitment, action and coordination
  • Offer meaningful financial support
  • Encourage multipayer participation
  • Offer tech assistance & collaborative learning
  • Embrace team-based approaches that extend beyond the practice
  • Establish realistic time tables for evolution
  • Obtain timely, accessible and useful data


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