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Beacon Community Program

Bangor Beacon Community (Bangor, ME)

The state of Maine

Overview and Goals

The Bangor Beacon Community is one of 17 Beacon Communities building and strengthening local health IT infrastructure and testing innovative approaches to make measurable improvements in health, care and cost. Meaningful Use of electronic health records (EHR) is the foundation of the exciting work in each community. Funded by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology and led by Eastern Maine Healthcare System (EMHS), the Bangor Beacon Community builds on a strong foundation of care management, collaboration, and connected electronic health records. Using health IT as a foundation, Bangor has built an integrated organization to test new payment models and be accountable for the care of their population. As a result, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation selected EMHS, the lead agency for the Bangor Beacon Community, to be a Pioneer Accountable Care Organization. Bangor Beacon Community’s work focuses on:

  • Improving the health of people with chronic conditions such as diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), congestive heart failure (CHF), and asthma
  • Reducing costs associated with hospital admissions and emergency department (ED) visits by increasing the quality of care for high-risk patients
  • Improving population health through proper immunization and sharing of immunization data among providers
  • Reducing variation in the delivery of evidence-based medicine and improving care quality across the community
  • Bringing community leaders and organizations together to use health information effectively, improve efficiency, and improve care and quality

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Bangor Beacon is actually improving the communication between the patient and the providers.

–Barbara Sorondo, M.D., M.B.A., Bangor Beacon Community

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