Health Choice, OCHIN Partner on Quality Improvement Platform

 
 
By Nathan Eddy  |  Posted 2014-03-18
 
 
 

Health Choice Network (HCN) and OCHIN, two health information specialists, announced the launch of Acuere QOL, a quality improvement, health care data aggregation, and data analytics solution designed to help community health centers (CHCs) and primary care associations (PCAs) in the United States improve care and outcomes.

Using Acuere QOL, CHCs and PCAs can leverage a national repository of clinical, dental, claims, financial, and administrative data—aggregated from OCHIN’s and HCN’s health information networks—to achieve a longitudinal patient record and to gain insight into populations and clinical performance with the goal of improving the efficiency and quality of care.

As a cloud-based solution, Acuere QOL is designed to scale to accommodate network growth and evolution into additional population health applications.

The solution, co-developed and hosted by OCHIN and HCN on the Caradigm Intelligence Platform (CIP), currently comprises clinical and claims data representing more than 1.7 million unique patient visits, seven million patient visits, 141 CHCs and up to seven years of historical data.

"It’s critical to find ways to enable the healthcare clinics in every community—our country’s safety net—to participate in healthcare reform," OCHIN CEO Abby Sears said in a statement. "Fundamental to this effort is delivering the right data to the right people at the right time to improve care, costs, and outcomes. By creating a nationwide repository of clinical and claims data—and making it easily available to our healthcare communities—we’re delivering on that promise."

The solution also enables CHCs and PCAs to identify, report on, and drive quality improvement initiatives using ACO, Meaningful Use, and Uniform Data Set (UDS) measures and to benchmark performance against national and state rankings.

"OCHIN and HCN have shown how partnership and health IT innovation can drive healthcare transformation," Michael Simpson, CEO of Caradigm, said in a statement. "We’re excited to be part of their effort, and we look forward to seeing the positive impact on care for underserved populations."

The CIP aggregates and normalizes clinical, operational, and financial data from systems across the community, including electronic health records (EHRs), billing systems, payers, pharmacy systems, labs and health information exchanges (HIEs), to enable health care analytics and population health applications.

Established in 2000 through a partnership with CareOregon, the Oregon Primary Care Association, Multnomah County Health Department, Clackamas County Health Department, and Virginia Garcia Health Clinics, OCHIN became an independent nonprofit in 2002.

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