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Beacon Community Program

Rhode Island Beacon Community (Providence, RI)

The state of Rhode Island

Overview and Goals

The Rhode Island Beacon Community (RIBC) 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 the Rhode Island Quality Institute (RIQI), RIBC is using existing health IT investments, including CurrentCare, the statewide Health Information Exchange, and Regional Extension Center (REC) initiatives to pursue the following goals:

  • Improving the quality of care received by patients with diabetes by increasing the number of patients maintaining blood sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol goals
  • Reducing the impact of tobacco use by promoting smoking cessation
  • Reducing the impact of undiagnosed and untreated depression through increased screening
  • Promoting adoption of admission, discharge, and transfer (ADT) alerts to reduce preventable hospitalizations and emergency department (ED) use

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Our approach was to go into a setting and infuse it with electronic technologies so we can begin to treat patients in the best possible way.

–Laura Adams, Rhode Island Beacon Community

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