Health Reform Dependent on Good Information Technology, Says Abby Sears

Change may not happen at the speed stakeholders anticipate, she says – but being willing to learn from mistakes will be helpful

February 4, 2013 -- Healthcare reform – at both the state and federal level – won't be possible unless clinics and providers have good, up-to-date information on their patients. That in turn won't be possible without good information technology and appropriate supports, said Abigail Sears, CEO of the Oregon Community Health Information Network.

OCHIN, Inc. Hires Team of Medical Professionals to Drive Vision for Clinician Innovation by Addressing Data and Quality improvement Requirements for Oregon Medical Providers

December 18, 2012 – Portland based OCHIN, Inc. has assembled a powerful team of MDs, informaticists and medical healthcare improvement professionals to address the data and quality needs of Oregon healthcare providers. Scott Fields, MD has been hired as Chief Medical Officer (CMO) and will lead the team. Dr. Fields is a nationally recognized family physician and currently serves as Vice Chairman of the Department of Family Medicine at Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU).

National and Local Speakers will Keynote at OCHIN’s Annual Health IT Learning Forum in Portland, Oregon November 15-17

Bill Crounse, MD, Senior Director, Worldwide Health Microsoft Corporation; Jackie Gaines, Executive Coach and Senior Leader with Studer Group, Inc.; Allison Clarke, Allison Clarke Consulting; Nicole Maher, President Northwest Health Foundation; Richard Gibson, MD, PhD, and Chief Healthcare Intelligence Officer at Providence Health & Services will address the attendees along with other speakers

November 1, 2012 -- Portland based OCHIN, Inc. will host its annual Learning Forum, “Adding Value Through Technology” in Portland, Oregon at the Hilton Portland & Executive Tower – November 15-17. Each day will be filled with educational sessions, keynote speakers and exhibits.

OCHIN, Inc. Signs Agreement to Deploy Microsoft and GE Healthcare’s Powerful Data Tool

Within seconds, medical providers can obtain a patient's past and present hospital records, medication and allergy lists, immunizations, and view X-rays and other images

August 23, 2012 – Portland based OCHIN, Inc. has taken another step in fulfilling its mission to partner with communities to create the knowledge and information solutions to promote access, high quality and affordable healthcare for all. “By signing this agreement with Caradigm, a joint venture between Microsoft and GE Healthcare, we will be building a comprehensive repository of clinical and claims data that no one else in the country has,” said Abby Sears, OCHIN’s CEO.

OCHIN O-HITEC’s Experience with Oregon Medical Providers and EHR Adoption Confirms Government Accountability Office (GAO) Report

The GAO Report stated that partnering with a Regional Health Information Technology Extension Center like the Oregon Health Information Technology Center (O-HITEC), increases the provider’s likelihood to receive EHR Incentive Payments

August 3, 2012 -- Over the past two years, Oregon’s Health Information Technology Extension Center (O-HITEC) has been working with Oregon healthcare providers to overcome the challenges of adopting
and implementing electronic health records (EHRs).

This week, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that healthcare providers who partnered with Regional Extension Centers (O-HITEC) were more than twice as likely to receive an incentive payment under the Medicare EHR Incentive Program.

2,027 Oregon Providers Have Received $77,210,709 Under EHR Incentive Programs

June 25, 2012 -- Over 2000 Oregon providers were among the 100,000 health care providers who have been paid under the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) announced this week.


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