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Beacon Community Program

Hawai’i Island Beacon Community (Hilo, HI)

The state of Hawaii

Overview and Goals

The Hawai‘i Island Beacon Community (HIBC) 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, HIBC focuses on facilitating collaboration involving care coordination and clinical practice redesign across the island health care system and expanding the exchange of health information across the Big Island. HIBC is focused on:

  • Averting the onset and advancement of diabetes, hypertension, and hyperlipidemia
  • Redesigning primary care to more fully leverage health IT
  • Promoting health information exchange (HIE) across the island and with facilities across other islands
  • Reducing health disparities for Native Hawaiians and other at-risk populations
  • Promoting payment strategies that reward providers for higher value, more effective care
  • Reducing 30-day hospital readmissions and avoidable emergency visits for chronic diseases

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There [are] about 175,000 people, we'll never have enough physicians to take care of the population. We can hire care coordinators in these different communities, hook them up with laptops, and have them go out in the field and provide access to care where the people are living and have that information flow back to the personal physician in the context of a patient-centered medical home.

–Mike Sayama, Ph.D., Hawaii County Beacon Consortium

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