What's Coming in 2016...
The end of 2015 marked eleven years since a group of Grand Junction healthcare leaders first envisioned a way to facilitate the availability of patient information and improve economic efficiencies of patient care by establishing the health information exchange (HIE) that became QHN. As QHN moved into its second decade of service to the region, 2015 was marked with tremendous advances in data quality, addition of new services, including ADT alert notifications, Image Exchange and Direct secure messaging, state-wide data exchange with CORHIO, and growth in connected providers and healthcare organizations.

QHN's growth and change has taken the organization from one with a primary goal of building an HIE, to a progressive technology provider managing multiple projects and services focused on supporting our participants. Providers increasingly have the need for nimble and advanced health information technology as they transition to new payment models and focus on care coordination across settings. QHN is dedicated to being the one trusted data relationship that providers need in this complex data intense environment.

Focus on Enriching the Longitudinal Record 

"One of the things I'm excited about for 2016 is the opportunity we have to expand our ambulatory summary of care data acquisition that will include long-term care data and advanced behavioral health information," said Marc Lassaux, QHN's Chief Technology Officer. "With this expansion we will grow the core data available to participants, adding value, and creating an even more robust longitudinal record so providers can get a more complete picture of their patients' health. Expanding our acquisition of medications, immunizations, problems, allergies and who comprises the care team, are elements providers need. The data quality associated with this acquisition is critical; we will work with our data sources to ensure the data is more accurate and shareable so it has the most value to the 'downstream' users." 

 
QHN Helps Connect Kids to Healthy Lives
School based health clinics (SBHC) offer students, enrolled in the school district, interdisciplinary on-site healthcare services. In Colorado, SBHCs have been strategically placed in school districts with highest rates of childhood poverty and the lowest rates of insured children, bringing care directly to children in-need regardless of insurance status or the ability to pay.

The Roaring Fork School Based Health Center opened its first clinic in the Basalt High school in 2007 and clinics in the Basalt elementary and middle schools the following year. With the start of the 2015 school year, they opened the first SBHC in Carbondale at Roaring Fork High School. At each location they provide accessible and affordable primary healthcare, health education, preventative dental services, nutritional and behavioral health counseling.

Clinic is an Integrated Part of the Medical Neighborhood

"We try to address all medical needs of the students in a very holistic way. Frequently we become the pediatric practice and sole healthcare provider for our students until they graduate," said Haidith Ramirez-Leon, Program Director. "We saw connecting with QHN as a very important tool. As a community we are moving forward with a healthcare system that is more interconnected and comprehensive where all the providers are able to communicate in a meaningful way to provide better services for their patients. We wanted to be part of that. We didn't want to be an outside bubble."

Roaring Fork School Based Health Center is open to every child in the school district, which encompasses 5,500 youth. Their focus has been on services for the Basalt area which has a 1,500 student population. "The demographics of the area are interesting, as this attendance center is 60 percent Hispanic; many of them are newcomers from Central America trying to escape the economic crisis and violence in their countries. These young people don't have legal status or any ability to communicate in English, these children are living in crisis; this population definitely needs our services."

   
QHN Working to Meet Challenges of Behavioral Health Integration 
Providers in the QHN western Colorado service area have long recognized the need to integrate behavioral health information into primary care to improve quality of care. With nearly one in five adult Americas suffering from mental illness primary care providers make frequent referrals for behavioral health services. Sharing a vision to improve the community standard of care, discussions on behavioral health integration were initiated between the local mental health and primary care providers as early as 2009.

Providers were concerned that they were not receiving follow-up on their patient's treatment plans and prescribed medications potentially putting the patient at risk and impacting their ability to provide quality care. These concerns drove Mind Springs Health, a western Colorado regional mental health provider, to begin exchanging behavioral health information via fax, with authorized providers. However, as healthcare providers have embraced the utilization of electronic health records (EHRs) many providers have found that faxed information creates workflow, access, and security issues and they have urged the move to exchange this information electronically.

Thompson Re-elected to SHIEC board
Dick Thompson, QHN's executive director, was recently re-elected to the Strategic Health Information Exchange Collaborative (SHIEC) board of directors for a one-year term and is serving as chairman of the board. Thompson was instrumental in the foundation of SHIEC, a national consortium of statewide, regional and community health information exchanges (HIEs). SHIEC serves as a trade association and assists member organizations through the exchange of ideas and business practices as well as through public education and advocacy.

Formed in late 2014, the 31 member organizations of SHIEC have created an organization that represents a unique alliance of diverse HIEs from across the country.  HIEs serve a unique role as a trusted, unbiased community data trustee to facilitate community and regional health information exchange among participants across disparate health care systems. They support better care coordination, enable access to more complete patient records and improve care in the communities they serve. More information on SHIEC
Get Connected - Seminar to Focus on Transitions of Care 
Montrose Memorial Hospital (MMH) will be hosting an interactive seminar on January 26, for Practice Managers and Care Coordinators to learn more about new developments, new tools and new ways of thinking to about care coordination as a medical neighborhood. Jacque Jones, QHN Clinical Director, will be presenting on QHN services and tools that support your care coordination efforts and provider to provider communication.

SEMINAR DETAILS:

 -  Date: January 26, 2016

 -  Time: 10AM - 2PM (Lunch provided)

 -  Location: Montrose Memorial Hospital, Conference A & B

 -  Program is free, however RSVP is needed to: Pam Foyster, MMH MU Coordinator

 

It's Health Fair Season
Health Fairs provide a convenient way for patients to access healthcare screenings and low-cost blood tests. Fairs are offered in communities throughout western Colorado starting as early as the end of January. If a patient consents to electronic delivery of their results to QHN their blood testing results will be available in the Patient Summary of the QHN system.

Watch for results from the Upcoming Health Fairs in:
  • Created Butte
  • Montrose 
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Coming in February:
A Look Ahead - What's Coming 2016

Presented by: Marc Lassaux, QHN's Chief Technology Officer

Date: February 17, 2016
Time: 12:15-1:15 pm
Coming in 2016 - QHN System Quick Tips: 
 
We want to help you QUICKLY find what you are looking for in the QHN system. Starting this month we will be sending out 30 second short cut and navigation hints.   

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