COMMUNITY HEALTH INTEGRATED PARTNERSHIP
Community Health Integrated Partnership (CHIP) is a Maryland health center controlled network (HCCN) founded in 1996 by 8 Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) as a horizontal network providing information technology to members through a centrally hosted system. CHIP is a 501(c)(3) corporation and is 100% controlled by its FQHC Board. CHIPs current membership is 10 and includes 5 rural and 5 urban health centers.
With this HIT Network funding opportunity, CHIP proposes to increase its current HIT operational capacity by expanding current data reporting capabilities including informatics, analytics, upgrading the Network Operations Center (NOC) through the implementation of SANS Architecture allowing the Network to improve its disaster preparedness and recovery capabilities, increasing the capacity of the Networks data warehouse, creating a standards-based gateway to the Maryland Health Information Exchange to allow for patient information sharing and referral of individuals who are uninsured or have no medical home, and implementing a patient engagement tool through this standards-based gateway to allow multi-modal communication between patients, providers and care managers.
These multiple HIT initiatives are natural progressions in areas where CHIP has gained significant experience, or where CHIP is able to rely on the experience of its partners. The NOC upgrades rely on experienced CHIP staff with assistance from its technical partners. To interoperate to the Maryland HIE, CHIP will partner with HIE technical staff for assistance. Most of the effort is not in creating new capabilities, but in making current capacity more robust, employing updated technology so multiple components work better together and leveraging the work and investments of the collaborators that make up the CHIP Network.
These expansion activities allow the Network to provide better clinical information, education and outreach services, quality improvement programs and real time, population based health outcomes and health disparities information to its members and constituents. CHIP health centers serve both urban poor and indigent as well as rural and geographically isolated populations. High levels of diabetes, hypertension, cancer, asthma, and HIV are prevalent within these populations. Reductions in health risks and improved outcomes will result through the implementation of this system expansion.
The total number of community health centers impacted by this proposal is 10, representing 52 delivery sites. Total patients impacted are 128,000, 123,000 of whom are Section 330 health center patients.