IPRO works with clinical offices on EHR selection, adoption, optimization and data reporting as part of many national and state-based initiatives focused on improving healthcare through the use of health information technology.
In our role as the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) for New York State, IPRO is encouraging office practices to take advantage of our assistance with clinical data reporting and to join in local improvement initiatives that leverage EHR functionality to increase rates of preventive services and decrease cardiac risk factors. Among these initiatives, IPRO is convening statewide learning and action networks (LANs) that recognize everyone has knowledge that can contribute to better care. By participating in a LAN, physician practices can harness the power of their community for addressing common challenges, connect with a peer facility for mentoring and replicate established best practices in their own facility.
Current QIO Program initiatives for improving population and community health through effective use of health information technology include:
- Increasing rates of preventive screenings
- Reducing cardiac risk factors
- Supporting availability of more and better clinical quality data
- Connecting EHRs to quality improvement
Other EHR-Focused Initiatives
Among IPRO’s other current projects are efforts to:
Participate with the New York eHealth Collaborative Regional Extension Center as an implementation agent, assisting practices to attain meaningful use federal funding under the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services EHR Incentive program
Help primary care practices achieve recognition as patient-centered medical homes (PCMHs)
Facilitate EHR adoption, care coordination and patient management with a focus on diabetes as a HEAL 10 awardee from the New York State Department of Health Office of Health Information Technology
Validate the integrity of EHR-based quality reporting data in a project under the auspices of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Primary Care Information Project
Improve practices’ ability to mine and analyze performance data using IPRO’s Clinical Data Portal (CDP), which aligns with the national Bridges-to-Excellence pay for performance initiative
Assist in HIT clinical performance assessment and quality improvement for the Veteran’s Health Administration Office of Health Information
Improve the transparency of healthcare performance data to promote provider accountability and patient engagement through supporting projects such as: