Delaware Health Information Network (DHIN), Health Improvement Partnership of Santa Cruz County (HIP), and Center for Health and Research Transformation at University of Michigan (CHRT) Join Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement

For Immediate Release

Contact: Jolie Ritzo
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As the Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement (NRHI) network continues to grow, we are excited to broaden our reach and to have greater insight into new regions of our country. The Delaware Health Information Network, Health Improvement Partnership of Santa Cruz County, and Center for Health and Research Transformation at University of Michigan have joined NRHI, a national organization whose members primarily focus on improving and transforming healthcare delivery within their own communities and share best practices nationwide through the NRHI network.

NRHI members are non-profit organizations governed by multi-stakeholder boards that include healthcare consumers, providers, payers, and purchasers. Focusing on a variety of healthcare industry priorities to improve quality, cost, and care, its members work together to coordinate federal programs and initiatives that support and advance local innovation. Most recently the network has been activated by response efforts to the pandemic and have shown the tremendous value that RHICs bring to communities throughout the country.

The Delaware Health Information Network (DHIN) mission is to serve providers and consumers of care through innovative solutions that make health data useful. Its work in the area of interoperability is adopted by all health care providers in the state of Delaware. They also work with providers in Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Ohio through their clinical health information exchange services.

DHIN sees the value of NRHI membership in helping them to develop and maintain an array of guidelines for healthcare services based on “the best evidence available that will help providers and practices achieve improvements in quality, access, coordination, patient experience, and clinical outcomes – and thereby fulfill vision for the Triple Aim outcomes.”

The Health Improvement Partnership of Santa Cruz County (HIP) supports healthcare system improvement, emphasizing prevention and equity, through integrated, coordinated approaches designed to yield better outcomes for patients, staff, providers, and the community overall. The HIP seeks to identify common ground, establish organizational partnerships and take collective action to remove barriers to individual and community health, and improve well-being throughout the Santa Cruz County and the central coast region. The mission of HIP is to be a contributor to a larger movement that is advancing systems change to improve healthcare for everyone in the U.S.

For a small organization currently focused on local improvement, NRHI membership will provide support in areas of advocacy, grant research, and promoting their visibility at national level. It is also “an opportunity to link to a wider network of organizations doing similar work in their communities. We are very interested in bringing best practices and innovations from like-minded organizations to our partners, as we tackle similar healthcare system challenges and barriers to comprehensive, quality care for all. We also plan to share our expertise and learnings with our fellow NRHI members.”

The Center for Health and Research Transformation (CHRT) at the University of Michigan supports over 400 primary care practices participating in the CPC+ demonstration, three large Michigan Payers (CMS, BCBSM and Priority Health), over 30 Physician Organizations, and approximately 1,500 providers across the state to support their success in health care quality, utilization, patient experience, and value. The Center is a neutral convener who strives to maintain multipayer collaboration that partners community provider, practice, physician organization, and patient/family member voice in efforts that support ways to effectively and efficiently provide care to patients. It aims to bring state-wide improvement and increased primary care capacity, resiliency, and availability of effective servicing to community members to support population health.

For CHRT, their NRHI membership will create an “opportunity to work together and learn together. We learned of our partner states’ good experiences with NRHI in supporting CPC+ success and access to risk adjustment algorithms to improve the multipayer dashboards we provide for practices.”

On growing NRHI membership, Craig Brammer, President and CEO of NRHI shared, “Leveraging the power of networks is more vital than ever in this unprecedented moment in time. The Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement is drawing on the practical experience and insight of its national membership to help connect and inform local leaders working to improve the health of their communities.”

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About DHIN
Delaware Health Information Network’s roots reach back to 1997 when the Delaware General Assembly enacted the organization as a public/private partnership. The objective was, and remains today, to advance the creation of a statewide health information network that addresses our state’s needs for timely, reliable and relevant health care information. In 2007, DHIN “went live” – meaning it became the first operational statewide health information exchange in the nation. Through the years, DHIN has developed a consistent track record for the safe and secure delivery of clinical results (lab and pathology), reports (both radiology and transcribed), and face sheets (hospital admission, discharge, and transfer data, including demographic and billing information). For more information, visit dhin.org. 

About HIPSCC
HIP’s Mission is rooted in improvement: of systems, quality, relationships, and access to care. HIP creates opportunities for local healthcare leaders to make our community healthier. They provide a neutral table or platform–a nexus–where leaders can and do convene. They also help leaders tee up, focus on, and constructively address issues that are beyond any one organization’s capacity or domain, yet affect all of us. HIP builds trust and transparency to make these conversations possible and productive. They seek out and bring transformative ideas and relevant, cutting-edge training to make our community and its residents as healthy as possible. For more information, visit hipscc.org

About CHRT
The Center for Health and Research Transformation (CHRT) is a non-profit impact organization. We work to transform data and research into useful information that improves the health of people and communities. For more information visit chrt.org

About NRHI
Founded in 2004, NRHI connects nearly 40 Regional Health Improvement Collaboratives and affiliate partners working to transform the healthcare delivery system and improve the health of populations. Our mission is to increase collaboration and shared learning within and across communities; provide thought leadership and technical expertise on community-level improvement; and deliver solutions that help communities succeed. NRHI boasts a national reach with a local impact. For more information visit nrhi.org.

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