Vermont HIE Focuses on Data Quality to Power ACOs

Release Date: 
February 8th, 2016

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 marketing and business development, about some of the highlights of its recently released 2015 annual report.

One milestone in 2015 was fully interfacing with Southwestern Vermont Medical Center, which completed VITL's goal of connecting all 14 Vermont hospitals to the VHIE. “All the hospitals have been marginally connected for a while,” Gibson said. Now we have a complete suite of interfaces with Southwest. That is a milestone VITL has been working towards for 10 years.”

Another key accomplishment of 2015 was the development of a clinical data warehouse to allow VITL to create data marts for ACOs ...