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In one year, the VHIE went from collecting 17 percent of ACO patient data to 64 percent. A health information exchange can be connecting lots of practices and hospitals but still not gathering the data pertinent to member organizations as they move to value-based care. Realizing this, the 10-year old Vermont Information Technology Leaders (VITL), which operates the Vermont HIE, has made a concerted effort to improve data quality and to be a more valuable source of analytics data for the state’s three accountable care organizations. Last week I interviewed Rob Gibson, VITL’s vice president of...
“Right at the moment we’ve built what I would consider a tower of Babel,” Bengtson explains, “And we just need to retrofit that into something that’s a tower of power, so to speak.” The “tower of power” Bengston is talking about is one way to describe the central repository being built by a non-profit, publicly funded organization called Vermont Information Technology Leaders, or VITL."As we change the way health care is delivered, things have to be done differently. And these companies that are developing these cutting edge electronic medical records systems, who are they learning from? They...
*This Op-Ed was printed in the Bennington Banner on May 19, 2015 Vermont’s 2015 Legislature has grappled with bills covering many aspects of health care, including health information technology that will have long lasting impacts in our state. As the president and CEO of Vermont Information Technology Leaders (VITL), I want to highlight the work that we are doing to improve health care delivery in Vermont. VITL is an independent nonprofit company that is designated by statute to operate the statewide Vermont Health Information Exchange (VHIE). The VHIE is a network that securely collects,...
North Country Hospital in Newport is gearing up for big changes. This small hospital is the first in the state to go online with a new health information exchange. It's a system that allows providers across the state -- and eventually across the country -- to share patient health records electronically. "It really facilitates making good  decisions.  To make good decisions you need to have good patient information -- frequently which is not at our fingertips," said North Country Hospital's Dr. Ron Holland.
Gina Bullard of WCAX TV sat down with the CEO of VITL, John K. Evans, to talk about the Vermont Health Information Exchange and VITLAccess, VITL's new provider portal.
September 15, 2014, Bennington Banner - To mark the important role health information technology plays in improving health care delivery in America, VITL- operator of the Vermont Health Information Exchange - and other organizations across the U.S. have joined together to celebrate National Health Information Technology (NHIT) Week.
September 10, 2014, EHR Intelligence - National Coordinator for Health IT Dr. Karen DeSalvo applauded Vermont’s efforts to continue building a health information exchange (HIE) infrastructure that includes broadband access in rural areas of the state while speaking at the annual Vermont Information Technology Leadership (WITL) summit this week. With very high EHR adoption rates among hospitals and physician providers and a long-term effort to bring HIE capabilities to the state’s healthcare organizations, DeSalvo held up Vermont as an example to the nation during her keynote address.
September 9, 2014, VTDigger.org — A top Obama official charged with developing health information technology praised Vermont’s progress in creating an integrated health data exchange Tuesday. Dr. Karen DeSalvo, National Coordinator for Health IT, said Tuesday that Vermont is building a model she hopes can be leveraged in other states ... DeSalvo, a former New Orleans health commissioner, was the keynote speaker at the annual Vermont Information Technology Leadership summit Tuesday. VITL is a public-private partnership to support health IT development in the state.
September 9, 2014, Burlington Free Press - A crew of volunteer actors demonstrated to an audience Tuesday how personnel in a hospital emergency department could learn important information about a patient's past care and current medications by tapping a statewide database. The skit was a way to introduce VITL Access, a secure health provider portal to a database into which doctors and hospitals across the state have fed patients' medical information. Vermont Information Technology Leaders began rolling out VITL Access last month, and officials intend to have it operational throughout the...

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