Skip to content Skip to navigation

Public-Private Health IT Partnership in Vermont Improving Care Coordination

September 28, 2016
by Heather Landi
| Reprints

Six months since go-live on a patient notification technology platform in the state of Vermont, more than 400 provider sites across New England have been notified that their patients have been seen at Vermont hospitals.

In late April, the State of Vermont partnered with Vermont Information Technology Leaders, Inc. (VITL), a nonprofit organization that supports data sharing for healthcare, and health technology company PatientPing to launch an event notification service for Vermont providers with the goal of improving care coordination.

Using an information stream provided by VITL, Boston-based PatientPing has logged more than 62,000 notifications on approximately 12,000 Vermont residents.

Upon joining PatientPing, providers receive “pings,” or real-time notifications, whenever their patients receive care at a wide range of facilities. Nicole Keaty, R.N., telehealth manager at Central Vermont Home Health & Hospice, said in a prepared statement, “PatientPing gives us the ability to quickly follow up with a patient when they are readmitted to a hospital. I believe this greatly enhances continuity of care, and patients are really appreciative when we reach out.”

VITL has utilized existing connections to the Vermont Health Information Exchange (VHIE) to create an aggregated data feed that contains patient encounter (admit, discharge, and transfer) messages from across the state. This aggregated data feed, along with VHIE patient consent status information, enables PatientPing to deliver notification of these events directly to health care providers across the state who share in the care of patients.

The funding for the technical development and installation is being funded by the Vermont Health Care Innovation Project as part of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovations State Innovation Models grant that was awarded to the state in 2013, according to a VITL announcement released in April about the project.

"The rapid adoption of PatientPing's groundbreaking technology in Vermont demonstrates health care providers' commitment to improving collaboration around patient care, with the goal of improving quality and outcomes," John Evans, president and CEO of VITL.



CMS Hospital Compare Website Updated with VA Data

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced the inclusion of Veterans Administration (VA) hospital performance data as part of the federal agency’s Hospital Compare website.

CMS Awards Funding to Special Innovation Projects

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has awarded 20, two-year Special Innovation Projects (SIPs) aimed at local efforts to deliver better care at lower cost.

Center of Excellence in Genomic Science to be Established in Chicago

The National Human Genome Research Institute has awarded $10.6 million over five years for the establishment of a new research center in Chicago to advance genomic science.

EHNAC and HITRUST Combine HIPAA Security Criteria, CSF Framework

The Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC) and the Health Information Trust Alliance (HITRUST) announced plans to streamline their accreditation and certification programs.

Halamka on MACRA Final Rule: “CMS is Listening and I Thank Them”

Health IT notable expert John Halamka, M.D., CIO of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, recently weighed in on the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) final rule.

Texas Patient Care Clinic Hit with Ransomware Attack

Grand Prairie, Texas-based Rainbow Children's Clinic was the victim of a ransomware attack on its IT systems in August, affecting more than 33,000 patients, according to multiple news media reports this week.