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July 11, 2017 - ONC’s Workforce Training Program Exceeds Target

In 2015, ONC launched a two-year cooperative agreement program, which funded seven universities and colleges to train incumbent health care workers to use health IT in a variety of settings. Nearly 9,000 individuals completed the training– well over ONC’s target of training 6,000 professionals. Each awardee will continue training health care workers through their respective programs. The awardees also updated training materials for 20 existing curriculum components and instructional materials developed by the HITECH-funded Workforce Curriculum Development Program. They also developed five new curriculum components, which will be posted on HealthIT.gov later this year. Read three success stories from ONC’s Workforce Training Program.


June 1, 2017 - HICATT COURSE WRAPS UP

LCF Research / NMHIC congratulates the completers of the Health Informatics Curriculum and Training for Transformation (HICATT) course.

In partnership with the University of Texas Health Science Center, LCF Research offered a free continuing education opportunity for health care professionals between July, 2016 and June 2017. The course was grant funded by the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC), so the materials will be made available in the public domain, now that the program has concluded.

The curriculum was organized into four course tracks, each with recorded lectures and slides, quizzes, optional activities, and a required course assessment. The four tracks ranged from about 12-15 hours in length and contained material on population health management, value-based care purchasing, patient-centered care, health care data analytics, and care coordination and interoperability of health IT systems.

We at LCF Research / NMHIC are grateful to the many organizations that helped us disseminate this great opportunity to our New Mexico workforce!


May 15, 2017 - Joint Statement on Health Information Exchange in Southern New Mexico

The New Mexico Health Information Collaborative (NMHIC) and PHIX (formerly the Paso del Norte Health Information Exchange) are committed to working together in southern New Mexico and west Texas. Patients from southern New Mexico seek health care in other regions of New Mexico as well as west Texas. Likewise, patients residing in west Texas are often treated in New Mexico. Our goal is to ensure that hospitals, providers, and patients benefit from interoperable data exchange across these regions. This interoperability will give area hospitals and providers a more complete picture of each patient’s health.

NMHIC and PHIX are currently in discussions to formalize a relationship. In the meantime, we welcome any feedback or ideas from stakeholders in southern New Mexico and west Texas.

About NMHIC
The New Mexico Health Information Collaborative (NMHIC), staffed and operated by the non-profit LCF Research, has created a data sharing exchange and portal that will allow New Mexico’s health care professionals quick access to patient history – including surgeries, allergies, problem list, notes and encounter data. This will allow for more-informed medical decisions, better health outcomes and improved population health over time. NMHIC uses a powerful Orion Health population health platform that includes technology solutions for interoperability, population health management and precision medicine.

NMHIC has been a state leader in healthcare information technology initiatives for over a decade. Current participants includes hospitals, provider groups, NM Medicaid and commercial payer organizations, laboratories, a statewide diagnostic imaging organization, a pharmacy, and public health. The organization is recognized by the New Mexico Department of Health as its agent for hospital public health reporting.

For more information on NMHIC, please contact Dr. Thomas East at (505) 938-9901 or thomas.east@nmhic.org and visit our website www.nmhic.org.

About PHIX
PHIX was founded in 2010, through the collaboration of the major healthcare organizations in the greater El Paso area. The mission of the 501c3 nonprofit organization is to improve health through collaboration and data technology. PHIX has developed a Community Health Record that centralizes patient data from hospitals and providers. This centralized record gives providers a more complete view of each patient’s health. PHIX is also supporting physician practices in creating quality dashboards to manage their patients, optimize the use of their EHR technology, and navigate complex regulations, reporting requirements, and security standards.

Major partners of PHIX include: City of El Paso Department of Public Health, El Paso County Medical Society, El Paso First Health Plans, Paso del Norte Health Foundation, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso, The Hospitals of Providence, and University Medical Center of El Paso. Additional, PHIX is working toward exchanging data with Veteran’s Administration and the Department of Defense.

For more information on PHIX, please contact Emily Hartmann at (915) 242-0674 or ehartmann@phixnetwork.org and visit our website www.phixnetwork.org.


24 March, 2017 - Help is Available for New Mexico Medical Practices to Succeed with the Quality Payment Program

Click the link below to get information on a program offering assistance for New Mexico medical practices with 16 or more health care practitioners. The article also provides information for practices with 15 or fewer health care practitioners, particularly those in medically underserved and rural areas.
http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?m=1113102521325&ca=d12f3b...

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February 27, 2017

Time is running out to take advantage of the FREE online course, Health Informatics Curriculum and Training for Transformation (HICATT). The training program is funded by a grant from the ONC and was created and hosted by the University of Texas Health School of Biomedical Informatics (SBMI). The self-paced course, designed for people currently employed in the health care field, is available online for completion within 4-6 week cohorts. Registration for the last two sets of dates is currently open. The last day to register for Cohort #5 (April 3rd to May 14th) is March 17, 2017. The last day to register for Cohort #6, which runs for only 4 weeks (May 22nd to June 18th), is May 5, 2017. For more information, or to register for either of the remaining cohorts, visit the web page at GO.UTH.EDU/HICATT (https://sbmi.uth.edu/hicatt/)”

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January 25, 2017

NMHIC’s participation in the Health Informatics Curriculum and Training for Transformation (HICATT) grant was recently highlighted in an article ( https://sbmi.uth.edu/news-new/story.htm?id=d3a3c6b7-64de-41ad-90d0-7c0ef... ) about the training program released by the University of Texas Health School of Biomedical Informatics (SBMI). The self-paced course, designed for people currently employed in the health care field, is available online for completion within 4-6 week cohorts, and NMHIC is unique among the grant partners, because it offers a complimentary live workshop on data analytics. The curriculum will be available in the public domain after the grant period ends in June. The 4th of 6 cohorts is currently open for registration until January 27th. For more information, or to register for any of the remaining cohorts, visit the web page at GO.UTH.EDU/HICATT (https://sbmi.uth.edu/hicatt/)

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January 23, 2017

NMHIC is presenting a monthly HIE Users’ Webinar, designed for current users and other stakeholders. The monthly format includes: “NMHIC News,” guest presenters on various topics, an “Ask NMHIC” segment, HIE Clinical Portal User Tips, and a user feedback forum. The next webinar is scheduled for 11:30-12:30 pm, February 21, 2017 and features Mr. Ryan Harmon, HealthInsight New Mexico, on the topic of Transitions of Care. To register for this FREE webinar, e-mail april@nmhic.org or call (505) 938-9925.

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January 10, 2017

NMHIC held its first ever HIE Users’ Webinar on January 10, 2017. Current users and other stakeholders discussed new data providers and user groups, information security precautions, success stories, user tips, and customer experiences. Based on user feedback, the webinar series is being scheduled monthly, with the next one tentatively scheduled for February 21st (time to be announced).

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December 14, 2016

The New Mexico Health Information Collaborative Statewide Health Information Exchange (NMHIC HIE) today announced it has signed a data provision contract with the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center. The agreement brings the number of New Mexico hospitals participating in the NMHIC HIE to 19 data providers and 27 signed hospitals overall. The contract with the state’s only academic health center covers the 607-bed UNM Hospital in Albuquerque, the 72-bed UNM Sandoval Regional Medical Center in Rio Rancho and clinics operated by UNM Medical Group, Inc., the group practice for physicians in the UNM School of Medicine.
Read the full press release here: http://www.nmhic.org/sites/default/files/UNM_NMHIC_HIE_Press_Release_Fin...

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November 14, 2016

NMHIC successfully delivered the First Annual HIE User’s Conference on October 27 at the New Mexico Medical Society. Planned by the NMHIC Advisory Committee and NMHIC staff members, the event was well attended and offered information and insightful health IT best practices and updates. It was a great opportunity to network with key contacts and understand more about each participant’s HIE successes and challenges. Our generous supporters included: HealthInsight New Mexico, Orion Health, and Velocity Health Informatics. Please click here for the linked conference highlights document for more information regarding specific speakers and the presentation slides/topics shared at the event. http://www.nmhic.org/sites/default/files/NMHIC_HIE_User_Conference_11-08...

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August 30, 2016
“The Health Information Exchange for all New Mexicans: Improving Quality, Efficiency, Safety, and Cost of Patient Care”
NMHIC Invites HIE users, data providers, and other interested stakeholders to attend the first annual HIE users conference, entitled, The Health Information Exchange for all New Mexicans: Making Patient Care Better, Easier, and Less Costly.
Click here for the Conference flier.
http://www.nmhic.org/sites/default/files/HIE%20Conf%20Brochure%202016.pdf

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August 18, 2016

Dr. Thomas East, CEO/CIO, was recently invited to speak at the New Mexico Council on Asthma’s (NMCOA) meeting on August 18, 2016. Kathleen Moseley, Program Manager at the American Lung Association in NM, coordinated the event that included several leaders from around the state. NMHIC is proud to help support NMCOA’s mission and vision to reduce asthma health disparities and improve the quality of life for all people with asthma in New Mexico by coordinating statewide efforts, bringing together community organizations and others to achieve sustainable statewide changes in the environment, education and quality of health care as they relate to asthma.

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Sharing patient information could save the state millions!
http://www.abqjournal.com/821650/sharing-patient-info-could-save-state-m...

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August 02, 2016
NMHIC announces the opening of registration for a free online course designed for the healthcare team, HEALTH INFORMATICS CURRICULUM AND TRAINING FOR TRANSFORMATION (HICATT). This free course, funded by the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC), will help healthcare professionals advance care transformation for their patients, while gaining new knowledge and skills to advance their careers. Training is offered in five topic areas, including: Care Coordination and Interoperability of Health IT Systems, Health Care Data Analytics, Patient-Centered Care, Population Health Management, and Value-Based Care Purchasing. Content is organized into tracks for common healthcare roles.
For more information, please see the press release: http://www.nmhic.org/sites/default/files/hicatt_press.pdf
Download the course flier PDF here: http://www.nmhic.org/sites/default/files/HICATTStudentFlier_CourseDetail...
You can also visit http://GO.UTH.EDU/HICATT or call NMHIC at (505) 938-9925.

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15 July 2016
Congratulations! Dr. Dale Alverson, Chief Medical Informatics Officer for NMHIC, has been invited to present a lecture entitled Progress and Challenges of Integrating Health Information Exchange with Telemedicine in a Rural State at the 2016 American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) National Conference & Exhibition. The conference will be held in San Francisco, October 22-25, 2016.

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June 2, 2016
LCF Research, announces a free online informatics training course, HEALTH INFORMATICS CURRICULUM AND TRAINING FOR TRANSFORMATION (HICATT). This free course, funded by the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC), will help healthcare professionals advance care transformation for their patients, while gaining new knowledge and skills to advance their careers. Training is offered in five topic areas, including: Care Coordination and Interoperability of Health IT Systems, Health Care Data Analytics, Patient-Centered Care, Population Health Management, and Value-Based Care Purchasing. Training will take place online, between September 2016 – May 2017. For more information, visit http://GO.UTH.EDU/HICATT or call LCF Research at (505) 938-9925.
Download the PDF here: http://www.nmhic.org/sites/default/files/HICATTStudentFlier_CourseDetail...

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March 11, 2016

NMHIC Successfully Connects With CORHIO HIE to Exchange Data
As the first step toward state-to-state information exchange, New Mexico Health Information Collaborative and CORHIO have established connectivity.

ALBUQUERQUE— The New Mexico Health Information Collaborative—Statewide Health Information Exchange (NMHIC HIE) is pleased to announce its partnership with Colorado Regional Health Information Organization (CORHIO).

With the technical connection between New Mexico and Colorado HIEs in place, providers in both states can share clinical patient information across state lines. This is particularly important in the Four Corners region where it’s common for patients to live in one state and work in a neighboring state. This means patients are frequently crossing state lines for healthcare. The lack of state-to-state information exchange can cause poor care coordination and provider communication.

“We are excited about the ability to exchange data and coordinate care with CORHIO and its participating providers. This has been a high priority for our participants,” says Dr. Thomas East, CEO/CIO, New Mexico Health Information Collaborative. “NMHIC is committed to health information exchange and care coordination across state lines, nationally and with sovereign tribal nations in our area.”
“I am thrilled that CORHIO and NMHIC have connected and entered into a trust relationship to enable data exchange,” says Morgan Honea CEO of CORHIO. “This type of data exchange erases state lines and ensures important medical information is accessible to providers who see patients from multiple states. We look forward to continuing this partnership to enable full data exchange in the future.”

HISP to HISP Connectivity
NMHIC and CORHIO are both Health Information Service Providers (HISPs) and members of a trusted framework through Direct Trust (www.directtrust.org), so the technical connection to complete this project is “HISP to HISP.” Both NMHIC and CORHIO HISP (Orion Health) must follow strict standards in handling health information using the Direct messaging protocols.
Because both organizations can facilitate the exchange of clinical data via Direct messaging, providers on either network can exchange secure messages, similar to email, to communicate about patients. This direct provider-to-provider communication is HIPAA-compliant and is a simple way to exchange health information across state borders. NMHIC is in the process of building a DSM provider directory and requesting organizations please share their addresses so other providers may access them.

eHealth Exchange
In addition, both organizations also participate in the national eHealth Exchange (http://sequoiaproject.org/ehealth-exchange/) and are members of the Mid-States Consortium of Health Information Organizations, a large group of HIEs dedicated to enabling data exchange across regional and state lines. Hospitals, provider groups, payers, and other healthcare organizations interested in joining the NMHIC HIE as users and/or providers of information, please contact Michelle Bowdich, Provider Relations Manager, at 505-938-9909 or info@nmhic.org.

About NMHIC
The New Mexico Health Information Collaborative (NMHIC) is the statewide health information exchange (HIE) network. NMHIC HIE brings together patient information from many healthcare organizations with different electronic health record systems and creates a complete and comprehensive patient record in real-time. NMHIC began as a community collaborative in 2004, and was convened by LCF Research, a non-profit organization, has led healthcare improvement initiatives in New Mexico for over 20 years. NMHIC allows clinicians to exchange information electronically in a secure environment where patient privacy is protected and authorized access is available when and where it’s needed - at the point of care. For more information, visit www.nmhic.org.

About CORHIO
CORHIO is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to improving health care quality for all Coloradans through health information technology and health information exchange (HIE). CORHIO collaborates with all health care stakeholders including physicians, hospitals, clinics, public health, long-term care, laboratories, imaging centers, health plans and patients to improve care coordination through secure systems and processes for sharing clinical information. For more information about CORHIO, please visit www.corhio.org.