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Colorado Among First States in Nation to Share Health Information Across Health Care Organizations
Date:12/16/2008

e using, if they've had x-rays already performed, or if they suffer from chronic conditions like diabetes. Armed with this data at the time of care, clinicians make better treatment decisions, patients are spared the cost of additional tests, and adverse events can be avoided.

The health information exchange, which officially went live on December 1, 2008, is coordinated by the non-profit Colorado Regional Health Information Organization (CORHIO), along with its four initial partners: The Children's Hospital, led by President and CEO Jim Shmerling, DHA, FACHE; Denver Health and Hospital Authority, led by CEO Patricia Gabow, MD; University of Colorado Hospital, led by President and CEO Bruce Schroffel; and Kaiser Permanente Colorado, led by President Donna Lynne, DrPH.

"On behalf of the CEOs of the four partners - three hospitals and a health plan - and the entire CORHIO Board, I want to express what a proud moment this is for Colorado," said Donna Lynne, DrPH, Chair of the CORHIO Board and President of Kaiser Permanente Colorado. "CORHIO's unique partnership offers a timely solution to many of the challenges we face in health care today. This project demonstrates that hospitals and health plans can work together in the best interests of our patients to successfully deliver a system that promotes health care quality, efficiency, and affordability."

Funding

The planning and development of the CORHIO system, which began in 2004, is supported by a $5 million contract from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). As part of the Building Blocks for Health Care Reform, the State of Colorado has added $1 million and The Colorado Health Foundation has provided $2 million to expand health information exchange across the state. In addition to substantial in-kind investments from the four partners, direct funding has also come from Kaiser Permanente, United Healthcare, Rock
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