Augusta, Maine (PRWEB) March 24, 2011
Maine Primary Care Association – representing the state’s safety-net community health centers – has partnered with Arcadia Solutions, a national healthcare IT consultancy, to implement and leverage health information technology for improved quality outcomes and decreased healthcare costs in the state.
The initiative is part of a statewide priority to gather and standardize electronic patient health information for the evidence-based decision making that can lead to improved healthcare results. With a strong focus on quality improvement, MPCA is leading the push to develop and deploy IT solutions that will capture and leverage clinical data in an effort to increase quality and reduce downstream healthcare costs.
In order to accomplish this vision, MPCA looked to partner with an organization that has proven skills and methodologies in the area of health IT advancement.
“The ability to advocate for quality care improvement at a greater level is a continuous goal of our organization,” said Kevin Lewis, CEO of MPCA. “By partnering with Arcadia, we are able to benefit from their strategic expertise and achieve the HIT results we desire across the state, starting with our members serving Maine’s underserved communities and populations. By leveraging a centralized platform, we are able to achieve them at a lower cost and maximize the value of our technologies.”
MPCA and the Arcadia Solutions team are currently working with MPCA’s 19 community health centers to provide connectivity to a centralized database that houses and standardizes clinical data from each organization’s electronic health record (EHR) system. The associated reporting tool enables both the MPCA and its individual health centers to conduct patient population management and benchmark across care settings to identify best practices. Users can leverage a suite of data management tools as well as direct constantly updated views into actual clinical, financial and operational data. Using the centralized data repository as a hub for HIT connectivity, MPCA also hopes to reduce the cost burden for development of additional technologies and interfaces.
MPCA is also working with Arcadia to roll out two technologies that have a direct bearing on improving patient care, increase efficiency and reduce gaps in the safety net. ImmPact is an interface that directly connects the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) with MPCA’s health centers, allowing the CDC to transmit up-to-date immunization data into the CHC’s EHR. The interface has already proven effective in providing the most complete immunization record on any given patient regardless of provider history. In its continued effort to improve access to healthcare, MPCA is also rolling out its CHIPRA reporting, a service that decreases the potential for costly gaps in patient coverage by electronically alerting MPCA providers when their Medicaid patients are up for reenrollment.
“Arcadia is excited to be partnering with MPCA in its commitment to improving the access, value and quality of healthcare through information technology,” said Mike Detjen, Arcadia’s Vice President – Provider Practice Lead. “We look forward to helping MPCA assemble, organize and leverage their clinical data to provide transparency to information that will enable them to achieve their goals.”
About Maine Primary Care Association (MPCA)
The Maine Primary Care Association is a nonprofit organization devoted to strengthening and sustaining the healthcare safety net for all Maine residents. Its goals are universal access to comprehensive healthcare – including integrated behavioral and oral healthcare – and the elimination of health disparities while improving the health outcomes of the entire population. MPCA’s members are the state’s Federally Qualified Health Centers, Indian Health Centers and other safety-net providers such as oral health clinics. MPCA provides a wide variety of technical assistance and training including quality improvement, health information technology, community development, outreach and enrollment, workforce development and recruitment, emergency preparedness, and strategic planning. For more information, visit http://www.mepca.org.
About Arcadia Solutions
Arcadia Solutions is a national healthcare consultancy that works with healthcare payers and providers to deliver data-driven solutions that transform its clients’ clinical, operational and financial performance. Arcadia’s thought leaders and industry experts harness information technology as a tool to reduce costs while increasing the value and quality of healthcare in the United States. For more information, visit http://www.arcadiasolutions.com.
Erik Borg – Manager, Arcadia Solutions
Phone: (612) 719-6528
Kevin Lewis – CEO, MPCA
Phone: (207) 621-0677