Journal Article

Community-wide Implementation of Health Information Technology: The Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative Experience

Allan H. Goroll, Steven R. Simon, Micky Tripathi, Carl Ascenzo and David W. Bates

in Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association

Published on behalf of American Medical Informatics Association

Volume 16, issue 1, pages 132-139
Published in print January 2009 | ISSN: 1067-5027
Published online January 2009 | e-ISSN: 1527-974X | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1197/jamia.M2899
Community-wide Implementation of Health Information Technology: The Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative Experience

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The Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative (MAeHC) was formed to improve patient safety and quality of care by promoting the use of health information technology through community-based implementation of electronic health records (EHRs) and health information exchange. The Collaborative has recently implemented EHRs in a diverse set of competitively selected communities, encompassing nearly 500 physicians serving over 500,000 patients. Targeting both EHR implementation and health information exchange at the community level has identified numerous challenges and strategies for overcoming them. This article describes the formation and implementation phases of the Collaborative, focusing on barriers identified, lessons learned, and policy issues.

Journal Article.  4973 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Medical Statistics and Methodology ; Bioinformatics and Computational Biology ; Biomathematics and Statistics

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