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HMSA Contributes $160,000 To Program That Helps Doctors Implement Electronic Health Record Systems

Contribution supports health care providers participating in the Hawai’i Pacific Regional Extension Center Program

February 29, 2012

HONOLULU – The Hawai’i Medical Service Association (HMSA) has contributed $160,000 to the Hawai’i Pacific Regional Extension Center (HPREC), a federally funded program that helps physicians adopt, implement, and become meaningful users of electronic health record (EHR) systems. Doctors who use EHRs can more effectively and efficiently diagnose and treat their patients and improve overall care coordination. 

“The efforts of HPREC are important to HMSA because they align with the goals of our patient-centered medical home (PCMH) initiative, specifically around electronic heath record implementation and achieving objectives of Meaningful Use,” says Michael Stollar, HMSA vice president of Health System Development. “We believe that HPREC serves as a valuable resource to the provider community and want to encourage providers to take advantage of HPREC services for their electronic health record needs.”

HPREC was established by the nonprofit organization, Hawai’i Health Information Exchange (Hawai’i HIE), in 2010 and is one of 62 regional extension centers nationwide that help physicians transition from paper to electronic health records. Primary care providers who take advantage of HPREC’s broad range of services will receive support in redesigning their office operations to incorporate the use of electronic health records and in connecting to the state health information exchange. Through this support, HPREC helps doctors meet federal “meaningful use” objectives, which qualify them for up to $44,000 in Medicare incentive payments and up to $63,750 in Medicaid incentive payments for using a system of care that is more coordinated and patient-centric.

“The generous contribution from HMSA increases our ability to support physicians who want to reap the benefits of their EHR systems and pass those benefits along to their patients,” says Christine Mai’i Sakuda, executive director of Hawai’i HIE. “Like HMSA, HPREC is dedicated to building a health care community that coordinates care for better outcomes, lower costs, and improved patient and provider satisfaction.”

Since its inception, HPREC has helped 195 doctors implement EHR systems and use their quality reporting and electronic prescription capabilities. Seventeen of those doctors have already met the requirements to receive the Medicare EHR incentive payments. HMSA would like to see that number grow.

About Hawai’i HIE
The Hawai’i Health Information Exchange is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit established in 2006 by leading health care stakeholders in Hawai’i for the purpose of improving health care delivery throughout the state through seamless, effective, and safe health information exchange. In September of 2009, Hawai’i HIE was designated by the state to develop and implement a statewide health information exchange that will ultimately feed into the Nationwide Health Information Network (NwHIN). Hawai’i HIE has a strong and exemplary board of stakeholders who are determined to transform the current state of health care in Hawaii into one that coordinates care, reduces costs for patients and providers, addresses the needs of the aging population, and provides incentives to patients to take a more proactive approach to their health care.  More information about Hawai’i HIE is available at www.hawaiihie.org or www.hawaiihie.ning.com.

About HMSA
HMSA is a nonprofit, mutual benefit association founded in Hawaii in 1938. It is governed by a community board of directors that includes representatives from health care, business, labor, government, education, clergy, and the community at large. HMSA is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. For more information, visit hmsa.com.

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