Background

LCF Research initiated NMHIC in 2004 with a federal grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. NMHIC was awarded a federal contract in 2008 from the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) to participate in the development of what was known then as the Nationwide Health Information Network (NwHIN).
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) included the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act. HITECH provided funds to states or state-designated entities to develop and implement HIEs.

LCF Research, lead organization for NMHIC, was the key collaborator in drafting the New Mexico legislation that established the 2009 Electronic Medical Records Act.

NMHIC was awarded implementation funding for 2010-2013 under the State HIE Cooperative Agreement Program. NMHIC also received a Social Security Administration award to support HIE efforts to electronically convey medical information from healthcare delivery organizations to disability claims adjudicators.

NMHIC is recognized by the New Mexico Department of Health (DOH) as its agent for electronic public health reporting.

NMHIC HIE participants include hospitals, provider groups, NM Medicaid (Centennial Care Managed Care Organizations) and commercial payer organizations, three laboratories, one statewide diagnostic imaging organization, and public health, in a community-wide Health information system that will help providers to:

  • Improve quality of care for the people of New Mexico
  • Reduce Healthcare costs associated with redundant testing, hospital admissions, and emergency department visits
  • Improve the patient experience and care coordination during transitions between healthcare settings
  • Improve patient engagement
  • Bring community leaders and organizations together to utilize Health information in meaningful ways to improve community wellness

NMHIC welcomes additional stakeholders including home health, hospice, skilled nursing facilities, behavioral health, pharmacies, employers, school-based health clinics, professional healthcare associations and ancillary service providers.

Access to the National HIE to connect with all 50 states, federal entities (e.g., VA, DoD), 40% of all hospitals, 1,300 medical groups, has been tested and is now available. Public Health Reporting and Direct Secure Messaging services are also currently available.