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Beacon Community Program

Greater Cincinnati Beacon Collaboration (Cincinnati, OH)

The state of Ohio

Overview and Goals

The Greater Cincinnati Beacon Collaboration (GCBC) 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 HealthBridge, one of the nation’s largest providers of health information exchange (HIE) services, GCBC is focused on implementing advanced health information technology (IT), HIE, and proven clinical interventions for pediatric asthma and adult diabetes.

GCBC is working with multiple local payers to create incentives for the development of patient-centered medical homes and is involved in a national payment pilot through the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation’s Comprehensive Primary Care initiative. GCBC is focused on:

  • Investing in a new advanced shared IT infrastructure that gives the community unprecedented data reporting, quality improvement, and analytics capabilities needed for meaningful use and payment reform
  • Building on existing community data exchange to create an Emergency Department (ED)/Admission Alert System aimed at reducing preventable ED visits and readmissions
  • Implementing a robust integrated disease registry with diabetes and asthma measurement capabilties, integrated data from electronic health records, and patient management systems

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"We're putting together a strategy that will help reduce preventable emergency room visits and provide [patients with] optimal care, every time,"

–Trudi Matthews, HealthBridge

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