Maryland REC Reaches Key Milestone

On June 6, 2011 Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown held a press event at Erickson Living’s Charlestown Retirement Community in Catonsville to announce that Maryland’s Regional Extension Center (REC) has reached and exceeded its goal of enrolling 1000 primary care providers for participation in Electronic Health Record (EHR) adoption. According to data released by the U.S. Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), Maryland leads the nation in enrolling eligible providers as a percentage of its statewide goal, now at 107%.
“Reaching this goal for electronic health records adoption is a major achievement in our efforts to make Maryland the healthiest state in the nation,” said Lt. Governor Brown.”Implementing health information technology will help reduce costs while improving quality and streamlining care for all Marylanders. By bringing the public and private sectors together and working closely with partners like MedChi to educate providers, Maryland is once again leading the way in health care innovation.”
Governor Martin O’Malley and Lt. Governor Brown have made adoption of EHRs and establishment of a secure health information exchange (HIE) by 2012 one of their 15 strategic goals for the state. Maryland continues to be a leader in developing crucial policies that encourage EHR adoption and the private and secure exchange of electronic health information. The State has designated CRISP as Maryland’s HIE, which will allow health care providers to access important clinical information electronically to improve the quality of care and reduce health care costs. Already, all of Maryland’s 46 acute care hospitals have signed a letter of intent to connect to the HIE to exchange health information electronically. Additionally, in 2009 Governor O’Malley signed into law a first-in-the-nation bill requiring insurance companies to provide financial incentives to providers that implement EHRs.
“While we’re excited about the opportunity to serve 1,000 primary care providers as they implement EHRs, we know that there are many others across the state who are ready to make the transition from paper record keeping. We encourage all of them to get in contact with the REC and capitalize on the expertise of a management service organization that meets their needs,” said David Horrocks, President of CRISP. “CRISP is exploring opportunities with the Office of the National Coordinator of Health Information Technology to determine if additional federal funds will be made available to subsidize assistance to more of Maryland’s clinicians.”
As Maryland’s REC the Chesapeake Regional Extension Center for our Patients (CRISP) offers technical assistance and project management guidance to small health care providers digitizing their records. CRISP was launched in 2009 as a collaborative effort between Erickson Living, Johns Hopkins Medicine, MedStar Health, and the University of Maryland.
Audacious Inquiry is proud to congratulate CRISP on this achievement we are looking forward to continuing to work with Maryland’s Health Care Reform Coordinating Council, theMaryland Health Care Commission, MedChi, CRISPand other partners to increase EHR adoption in Maryland. AI Director Rob Horst serves as CRISP’s Program Coordinator and has been instrumental in launching the REC. AI Principals Scott Afzal, Mrinal Bhasker and David Finney have also been vital to CRISP’s success as Maryland’s REC and HIE in their roles as its Program Director, Technical Architect, and advisor.