How has the Affordable Care Act affected the Hudson Valley? These regional collaborations are making headway in the healthcare and health information technology sphere:
> The region was selected as a site for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid’s Comprehensive Primary Care initiative, an effort to foster collaboration among private and public health plans. Roughly 286 care providers through 75 primary care practices—and 40,500 beneficiaries—are participating.
> Taconic Health Information Network and Community (THINC) reports an adoption rate of 77% for electronic health records (EHR) across the Hudson Valley, and 353 primary care providers who demonstrated meaningful use of EHR—that’s compared with the state adoption rate of 61%.
> THINC and Southern Tier Healthlink will merge to form HealthlinkNY to create a robust statewide health information network where patient information can be stored and electronically shared securely among physician offices and hospitals.
> THINC was granted $2.4 million and recognized as a contractor for the state’s Population Health Improvement Program, aimed at improving patient care and lowering costs.