Vermont Information Technology Leaders, which operates the Vermont Health Information Exchange, will implement the HIE platform of Medicity Inc., Salt Lake City.

As the exchange ramps up to quickly expand services across the state, Medicity has demonstrated it has the technology and skills to deploy a full suite of services on a statewide level, says David Cochran, M.D., president and CEO at Vermont Information Technology Leaders.

VITL in 2006 selected GE Healthcare as its core HIE vendor under a five-year contract. The exchange currently offers lab orders and results and transcribed diagnostic imaging reports to eight hospitals and 116 practitioners in 29 physician practices, and transmits data to the Blueprint for Health registry, a state-authorized chronic care management program.

Physician practices submit data to the registry, which has tools enabling practices to analyze their own data for gaps in care or trends in health status, such as graphing patients' hemoglobin levels.

The contract with GE Healthcare expires in October. A new state law requires expansion of Blueprint for Health from a handful of pilot communities to statewide by July 1.

Consequently, when considering HIE vendor proposals for a new contract, the state put a high premium on rapid deployment to all of Vermont's service areas, says Steve Larose, vice president of external affairs at VITL. "Communitywide deployment is a real strength of Medicity." Rapid expansion of the HIE also will support providers' achievement of electronic health records meaningful use, he adds.

More information is available at vitl.net.

--Joseph Goedert

 

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