Six Washington-based community health centers, which taken together treat the districts poorest of the poor as well as its homeless population, said they would join together to form a regional health information organization as a way to better gather, coordinate and share personal healthcare information.
The move is even more striking because health centers too often are the last to incorporate new technologies, often due to cost constraints, Sharon Baskerville, chief executive officer of the District of Columbia Primary Care Association, said in a written statement. But starting today, they will be among the first patients in America to receive the important benefits health IT can enable, she added.
District officials will provide $11 million in grants to the RHIO, which is expected to fully go live in December. Most immediately, the RHIO will include the Whitman-Walker Clinic, So Others Might Eat and La Clinica del Pueblo. Another three, including Bread for the City, the Family and Medical Counseling Service and Marys Center for Maternal and Child Care are expected to join by September.