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Health IT

Stratis Health is working to advance e-health and health information technology (HIT) across the continuum of care and throughout communities to improve the quality, safety, and efficiency of care for patients.

We assist health care provider organizations with meeting federal and state mandates to have interoperable electronic health record (EHR) systems and to achieve meaningful use. Stratis Health prepares providers, communities, and patients to share and exchange information. And, we offer education and expert insight to policy makers and federal/state agencies in HIT policy design and implementation.

Leading EHR adoption in Minnesota and North Dakota

As a partner in Key Health Alliance, Stratis Health co-leads the Regional Extension Assistance Center for HIT (REACH)—one of 62 nonprofit federally designated HIT Regional Extension Centers dedicated to helping providers in Minnesota and North Dakota improve care by implementing and using EHR systems. The REACH program also provides technical assistance to clinics and hospitals participating in the Southeast Minnesota Beacon Community, one of 17 Beacon projects across the country.

  • REACH is serving nearly 4,750 individual primary care providers and 104 critical access and rural hospitals.
  • Providers and hospitals have started successfully attesting to federal meaningful use requirements.

Consulting services and support

Stratis Health serves as an unbiased consultant, guiding health care organizations across the care continuum in preparing for, selecting, implementing, and fully using HIT to enhance care. We assist health care facilities to use EHR tools for patient self management and preventive care, and to build chronic care management systems.

Our services include: readiness or meaningful use assessments; organization and workflow redesign; physician engagement and coaching support; assistance with privacy and security best practices, project management infrastructure, data reporting services, clinical decision support, and meaningful use; go live support; EHR optimization to improve quality metrics; and functional interoperability and health information exchange (HIE) support.

  • More than 400 adult primary care and specialty clinics, hospitals, and nursing homes, have used our EHR adoption and implementation services and support.

Extracting data from EHRs

Stratis Health works with providers to develop tailored methods to extract data for both internal quality improvement and external public reporting of quality measures, which are increasingly important for value-based purchasing. We also support quality measure reporting for specific clinical conditions identified as community priorities. For example, we created an instructional webinar to assist clinics in retrieving colorectal cancer screening and other prevention data from their EHR.

Health information exchange

Stratis Health has a team of subject matter experts in health information exchange, a critical component of high quality care and of achieving meaningful use. We have implemented a number of HIE projects, including a rural regional health information exchange to allow for accurate information sharing in a standard and secure manner, and provided consulting services to a critical access hospital HIT network and educational consulting to a collaboration of health care organizations in northern Minnesota. This HIT project aimed to improve health care quality, safety, efficiency, and costs.

Tools and resources

Our concise, actionable tools and resources assist health care organizations in planning for and optimizing use of HIT.

Policy

Stratis Health is a leader in advancing HIT in both Minnesota and nationally. We provide expert testimony to legislative committees, present as national subject matter experts, and serve in leadership roles for the Minnesota e-Health Advisory Committee and the Minnesota e-Health Summit. To provide a greater understanding of HIT adoption and use in Minnesota, we have conducted assessments of HIT in different care settings.

Minnesota Nursing Home - Health Information Technology Survey Results. Profile of the level of HIT use in Minnesota nursing homes, contracted by MDH. We surveyed 380 nursing homes and learned that 31 percent have an EHR and the most common barrier to implementation is lack of capital resources to invest in technology. (June 2008, 13-page PDF)

Electronic Health Record Landscape Assessment: Minnesota’s Primary Care Clinics. Stratis Health regularly surveys more than 600 adult primary care practices in Minnesota to assess the level and types of EHR use in the state. In the most recent statewide survey, the number of clinics that have implemented or were in the process of implementing an EHR system had significantly increased—from 46% in 2005 to 62% in 2007. (August 2007, 13-page PDF)

Health information technology An overview of Stratis Health’s work (2-page PDF)

Contact Stratis Health for assistance with your quality improvement and patient safety needs.

If your organization has projects it would like to work on, contact us to discuss how we can work together to support initiatives related to HIT.