Written by Duncan West
The MIN-NS team delivered a session on June 24 at the Association of Washington Public Hospital Districts annual meeting about Health Information Exchanges and Community Health. The conference was attended by 400 community hospital leaders, both elected commissioners and senior managers.
At the MIN-NS breakout session, Skagit Regional Health CEO, Gregg Davidson emphasized the need for organizations across the community to be connected and involved in shaping care delivery in the North Sound and beyond. MIN-NS staff demonstrated the HIE, and the patient and community data we have gleaned. Lessons learned and opportunities for replicating the HIE in other areas were presented.
During a plenary session about meeting community health needs, Jan Iversen, Commissioner of Island Hospital, told the group about their Behavioral Health Program. Her discussion of how the Hospital identified the need, joined with the school district, and funded it in part with the Hospital Foundation was met with applause and support.
The Washington State Hospital Association (WSHA), AWPHD and the Washington State Medical Association (WSMA) are absolutely invested in making the State’s Healthier Washington grant and vision succeed. See here for highlights of WSHA recommendations and here for the WSHA bulletin on their support for the project and its budget.
One of the expert presenters gave an extensive and comprehensive (77 slides of comprehensiveness) presentation about the changing care environment and the economic drivers of that change.
There was frank acknowledgement that new care and payment models present special challenges to rural providers and communities. MIN-NS’ base in a mixed rural and urban environment removed from tertiary hospital has forced us to work with our founders and subscribers and other participants to face those challenges and deliver valuable solutions to the g health needs of communities.
We stand ready to work with other communities and organizations facing into these issues. Please contact us for more information about how we can work together to stand up a community health record in your area.
Most presentations from the conference are available here from WSHA site.