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Ohio Health Information Partnership (OHIP) is the designated Regional Extension Center (REC) for 77 of Ohio’s 88 counties. Recognized by Secretary Sebelius as national leader in November 2011, the Partnership achieved its statewide goal of signing more than 6,000 “priority” primary care physicians for assistance in adopting EHR.

Ohio led the nation in the number of physicians who have qualified for Stage 1 Meaningful Use (MU) under the Medicare Incentive Payment Program in 2011. Due to this success, Ohio was selected by Dr. Farzad Mostashari, National Coordinator for HIT, as one of five states to accelerate the number of providers reaching Medicaid adoption/implementation/upgrade (A/I/U) status and achieving Stage 1 MU in 2012.
A resource on EHR adoption for medical practices in Lorain, Cuyahoga, Lake, Geauga and Ashtabula Counties. The REC can assist medical practices to capitalize on incentives and available resources to implement electronic records, including:
  • Whether your practice qualifies for subsidized assistance for EHR adoption and implementation
  • Whether you qualify for federal incentives from Medicare and Medicaid
  • How much incentive money you may receive and when
  • How to achieve "Meaningful Use"
Health Information Exchange in Ohio
The Ohio Health Information Partnership (OHIP) is the state-designated entity for Ohio’s health information exchange (HIE).
Ohio’s statewide exchange, is operational. It exchanges lab results, transcribed reports and radiology reports among hospitals and providers in Northwest Ohio, a “gap” area that was targeted in Ohio’s HIE plan. In Ohio, 42 additional hospitals have signed or committed to sign agreements to participate in CliniSync, potentially connecting them with more than 1,000 affiliated ambulatory providers. The Partnership continues to add providers.

While full information exchange brings more robust capabilities, OHIP plans to distribute CliniSync’s “Direct Suite” more widely among Patient Centered Medical Home practices in Ohio in 2012. Direct Suite provides a simple, and free, way for providers to exchange information, regardless of existing EHR capabilities and without an interface to existing systems. Functions include exchanging secure email and attachments and referral information among trusted providers. It supports delivery of hospital lab results or other reports to a clinical inbox.
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