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Beacon Community Program

Southeast Minnesota Beacon Community (Rochester, MN)

The state of Minnesota

Overview and Goals

The Southeast Minnesota Beacon Community (SMBC) 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, SMBC is focused on:

  • Improving key outcomes for patients with childhood asthma and diabetes by piloting new models of care that increase adherence to treatment plans and lead to improved quality
  • Improving the cost efficiency of care by reducing emergency room (ER) utilization and unscheduled urgent care visits, and avoiding hospitalizations for patients with childhood asthma and diabetes
  • Reducing health disparities among different populations by identifying gaps in treatment and engaging public health services for the underserved
  • Enabling community wide data interoperability to support timely exchange of patient information and facilitate analysis of population level health challenges

Through the expanded health information exchange made possible by the Beacon Community, the area will see widespread use of health information technology along with lower health care costs, increased care management through streamlined workflow, and improved community health.

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The Beacon opportunity is really to ensure that we can generate a community of collaborating partners who are able to exchange information about our patients so that we can really deliver more effective care efficiently.

–Christopher Chute, M.D., Dr.P.H., Southeastern Minnesota Beacon Community

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