Health Information Technology for Better Patient Care
Community Health Centers have been leaders in the use of health information technology (HIT) for improved documentation, communications and clinical decision support for almost 20 years. With the increased emphasis on Meaningful Use and Quality Improvement metrics, CHCs have expanded their use of Electronic Medical Records, Patient Portals and Data Reporting Tools.
Through support from its members and from federal grants, WPHCA has committed to programs and staff to assist CHCs with the implementation and use of HIT from registration and scheduling to patient care and quality improvement.
To help understand Wisconsin’s health information landscape, we have created a diagram that includes some sample data flows in and out of our HIT community partners.
HealthIT.gov Information and resources from HHS’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC)
HRSA Health IT and Quality Part of HHS, the Health Resources and Services Administration provides assistance directly to Federally Qualified Health Centers.
NACHC Health Information Technology This site provides tools and resources to assist health centers in the selection, implementation, and meaningful use of various health information technologies (HIT) from the National Association of Community Health Centers.
Wisconsin DHS e-Health Initiative The mission of the Wisconsin Department of Health Services' eHealth Program is to facilitate improvements in Wisconsin's health care quality, safety, transparency, efficiency, and cost effectiveness through statewide adoption and use of electronic health records (EHR) and health information exchange (HIE). Access to the right health care information at the right time by providers and patients will promote the delivery of safe, optimum health care in Wisconsin.
Wisconsin Health Information Organization With data covering more than 249.6 million claims for care provided to 3.7 million Wisconsin residents, the WHIO Health Analytics Exchange is unique. The Exchange holds a rolling 27 months of claims data and a total of 23.7 million episodes of care are now found in the database. An episode of care is defined as the series of treatments and follow-up related to a single medical event such as a broken leg or heart surgery, or the year-long treatment of a diabetic patient.