Published Date 5/6/08 2:43 PM
The regional health information organization (RHIO) in Rochester, N.Y., is planning to expand its scope and help local physicians adopt electronic medical record (EMR) systems, Government Health IT reports. Rochester RHIO in March earned two state grants totaling $12.7 million from the Health Care Efficiency and Affordability Law for New Yorkers (HEAL NY) grant program to support these efforts. Specifically, the funding will help the organization move beyond the hospital-to-physician model and begin considering the entire “umbrella of care that goes on for a patient,” Rochester RHIO’s executive director notes. Under such an expansion, the RHIO hopes to enroll facilities that offer elder services, home care and long-term care, emergency medical services, and other care delivery. In addition, officials say they plan to expand patient-based connectivity to help individuals manage their consents or connect to personal health records. The grants also will support an effort to boost EMR adoption. Managed in partnership with the Monroe County Medical Society and supported by an additional $600,000 grant from the Greater Rochester Health Foundation, the program aims to help physician practices evaluate, select and adopt EMR systems (Moore, Government Health IT, 5/2/08).