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Mass. eHealth Collaborative to Provide Program Management Services for MeHI Last Mile Program

April 24, 2013
by Rajiv Leventhal
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The Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative (MAeHC), a non-profit organization specializing in healthcare delivery through health information technology, has announced that it will be providing program management services to support the Massachusetts eHealth Institute (MeHI) Last Mile Program, which aims to stimulate adoption and use of state health information exchange (HIE) to improve coordination of care and clinical outcomes while reducing costs.

The ultimate goal of the program is to connect 50,000 providers in the state to The Massachusetts Health Information Highway (Mass HIway) over the next two years. MAeHC will be primarily responsible for establishing a Program Management Office (PMO) to work with MeHI and Mass HIway in developing a comprehensive program plan and outreach strategy, ensuring alignment of all activities related to adoption goals and objectives. MAeHC will also work with MeHI and the leading electronic health record (EHR) vendors in the state to streamline interface development and coordinate connections to the Mass HIway. MAeHC will also develop the documentation needed to support broad community adoption in an effort to ease future implementations.

“We are ecstatic to be a part of such a groundbreaking project,” Micky Tripathi, president and CEO, Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative, said in a statement. “The Last Mile Program is another major milestone for the state’s health information exchange initiative, and demonstrates how far we have come in such a short time. We’re confident in MeHI’s vision for the program, and are looking forward to contributing to its success.”

Through the delivery of sustainable strategies, deep expertise, and hands-on tactical support, MAeHC will bring together various healthcare communities and improve overall healthcare delivery for patients and providers within the state of Massachusetts. Further, the successful development and utilization of the PMO will enable MAeHC to provide the required oversight, vendor management, facilitation and coordination to keep the interface projects on task.

“The Mass HIWay has come a long way since its inception in 2011 through the launch in October 2012 and now into the rollout phase of the project,” said Laurance Stuntz, director of the Massachusetts eHealth Institute at the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative. “MAeHC has played a significant role in that progress, so we’re thrilled that they have signed on for the Last Mile Project.”

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