The Vermont Blueprint for Health has awarded a contract to Detroit-based technology services vendor Covisint to provide healthcare organizations across the state Web-based access to healthcare information and guidelines.
Vt. awards Covisint info-exchange contract
The Blueprint for Health is a response to state legislation passed in 2006 calling for coordination to promote health, wellness and disease prevention across Vermont, according to the initiative's website (PDF). Projects from the initiative, which is administered by the state's health-access department, include pilot programs for technology-enabled, patient-centered medical homes; community health teams; and guideline-based care for patients with chronic diseases.
Blueprint for Health providers will use Covisint's technology to access a shared guideline dictionary, providing them "access to common questions and answers that can be used across various electronic medical and health records" systems, according to a company news release.
Dr. John Haughton, chief medical information officer for Covisint, said in a telephone interview that the technology will expand on existing services provided in Vermont by DocSite, which Covisint acquired in September. "The Blueprint across the state has said we want to get a better handle on discharges," Haughton said. Expanded exchange of and access to information from hospitals about chronic-care patients' admission, transfer and discharge will allow community-care team members to contact discharged patients to ensure they keep follow-up appointments, Haughton said.
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