CORHIO Executive Director Phyllis Albritton Steps Down

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Colorado Regional Health Information Organization executive director steps down in March

CORHIO Executive Director, Phyllis Albritton, announced today that she has decided to step down at the end of March after leading the organization for the past four years. During her time as executive director, Albritton helped establish CORHIO as a nonprofit organization, secured the required funding and community-level involvement to implement health information exchange (HIE) across the central and eastern parts of the state, and grew the organization into one of the nation’s most recognized and respected community-based HIE initiatives.

The CORHIO Board is establishing an executive search committee to find a replacement for Albritton. Albritton has committed to working with the CORHIO Board to develop a smooth transition plan for a subsequent leader who will continue CORHIO’s successful work in Colorado.

“Phyllis has been a tremendous asset to CORHIO as it has moved from concept to reality,” said Jim Shmerling, CORHIO’s chair of the board of directors. “We are thankful for her service to Colorado, as well as her leadership nationally, on health information exchange and health information technology to improve the quality of health care for all patients.”

Albritton began working with CORHIO as interim executive director in 2008, developing the policies by which demonstration partners would share health information. This work stands as the cornerstone that is being used for developing health information exchange across the state. It also positioned CORHIO to accept the role of state-designated entity for health information exchange and assisted in securing the funding that would be required to execute the organization’s mission and vision.

“CORHIO is a leader nationally for its work to include all health care stakeholders in the process of exchanging health information. Our HIE is improving care for patients in hospital and physician office settings while also benefitting patients who receive care in safety net clinics, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, home health and behavioral health settings in communities across the state,” said Albritton, “All the pieces are in place for helping providers enhance communication and improve care transitions for their patients. CORHIO’s HIE is a tool that supports health care transformation in a way that improves overall quality and reduces costs for all Coloradans.”

About CORHIO
CORHIO is dedicated to improving health care quality for all Coloradans through health information exchange (HIE). As the state designated entity for HIE, CORHIO collaborates with health care stakeholders including physicians, hospitals, clinics, public health, long-term care, laboratories, health plans and patients to improve care collaboration through secure systems and processes for sharing clinical information. CO-REC, a CORHIO initiative, assists primary care providers in adopting, implementing and becoming meaningful users of electronic health record (EHR) systems. CORHIO is a not-for-profit supported in large part by grants, including awards from the Colorado Health Foundation and from federal ARRA HITECH funds. CORHIO’s technical infrastructure is built on industry-leading HIE technology developed and maintained by Medicity. For more information about CORHIO, please visit http://www.corhio.org.

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