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VITL Releases 2013 Annual Report

Release Date: 
January 31st, 2014

Vermont Information Technology Leaders (VITL) today announced the availability of their 2013 Annual Report.VITL 2013 Annual Report

From the Executive Summary:

... On behalf of VITL’s board of directors and leadership team, we are pleased to submit to you our annual progress report describing activities for calendar year 2013, as required under 18 V.S.A. § 9352(e).

During 2013, we realized a significant expansion of the Vermont Health Information Exchange (VHIE) and are pleased to report that 13 of Vermont’s 14 hospitals, along with Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and two regional hospitals that border Vermont, are providing clinical data to the VHIE. The number of non-hospital interfaces increased 59% to a total of 335 interfaces connecting 130 primary care practices, specialty practices, and other organizations to the VHIE, giving Vermont healthcare practitioners the ability to receive clinical lab and test results directly into their EHR.

VITL conducted an extensive pilot program for a new secure provider portal called VITLAccess with seven organizations across the state representing various care settings, including pediatrics, primary care, long term care, home health, and a hospital emergency department. VITLAccess is a query-based system that allows providers, with a patient’s informed consent, to access the clinical data available for that patient. We are grateful to the pilot program participants, and are looking forward to the statewide rollout of VITLAccess, which is expected to begin in Spring 2014.

Operating as the Vermont Regional Extension Center (REC) for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, VITL continues to play a key role in helping primary care practices in their adoption and implementation of EHR systems. Vermont had one of the highest rates of EHR adoption by primary care providers in the country in 2013, and at this point, more than 60% of primary care providers have attested to Stage 1 Meaningful Use of their EHR system.

VITL continues to be central to Vermont’s healthcare reform efforts and has successfully collaborated with OneCare Vermont to provide data services for its analytic needs. VITL is in formative discussions with Community Health Accountable Care (CHAC), the FQHC based ACO, and the Accountable Care Coalition of the Green Mountains (ACCGM), the independent physicians ACO. VITL continues to expand the infrastructure necessary to support the Blueprint for Health clinical data registry, and now supports 133 interfaces from practices to the registry.

Several projects are well underway that are expected to culminate in 2014, including: the statewide rollout of VITLAccess; go-live of production interfaces to support OneCare Vermont; connection to Hixny, the HIE for Northern New York and the Capital District; and, increasing VITL’s capability to provide analytics based on clinical data accessible through the

VHIE. VITL also had a positive impact on the Vermont economy, and has seen our employment level grow to a total of 32 employees — a net addition of nine highly-skilled healthcare information technology positions. ...