Long-Term and Post-Acute Care Providers Engaged in Health Information Exchange: Final Report. Overview of Technology at Eastern Maine HomeCare

10/29/2013

The Information Services (IS) department supports many of the strategic priorities and centralizes the management of the technical infrastructure for of the EMHS. The IS strategic plan is a piece of the overall EMHS strategic plan. Prior to 2005 the organizations that comprised the health system maintained their own technical infrastructure and applications. Since 2005, the IS department has begun to consolidate the infrastructure bringing together all of the EMHS hospitals onto the same EHR, PACS, billing, human resources, payroll, coding and abstracting applications. The top priorities for the IS department at the time of the interview were: implementing the MU Program requirements, transitioning to ICD-10, addressing the infrastructure needs to support the ACO, and merge a new hospital and home care into the EMHS.

EMHS eligible providers have attested for MU Stage 1 and are aggressively working on Stage 2. Based on interview discussions, IS leaders are finding MU Stage 2 requirements much more complete than Stage 1 and fit into the organization's interoperability platform.

For budgetary reasons, EMHS was not able to move to a single EHR application for all of the HHAs in the division until the Beacon grant. The grant provided the extra funding to bring together all of the home care and hospice agencies onto a single set of applications (McKesson).

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