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A word about Open Notes and DEIP funding

Medical Director's Corner: Just so YOU know

Dear friends and colleagues,

In this issue, I'd like to bring your attention to a national movement about Open Notes whereby a patient can read a doctor's notes through their Patient Portal. Many certified EHR vendors have this option available; it just needs to be turned on.  

Why use Open Notes? Because over 21 million patients access provider notes in their Patient Portal. Check with your EHR vendor regarding availability of the Open Notes feature. 

Over the last several months, I have told you about the availabillity of New York State's DEIP (Data Exchange Incentive Program) grant. Incentive dollars are available through this program for qualifying providers. Many of those who have qualified for the program have responded and joined Rochester RHIO by contributing data via C-CDA (Continuity of Care Data Architecture). I am very pleased to report that at least 49 participant organizations have already received grant monies through the DEIP program over the last several months. 

Rochester RHIO is proud to have already helped to bring in $537,000 in grant monies to our region's health care providers through the state's DEIP program, and there is more on the way. Many thanks and kudos to our team of RHIO Regional Account Representatives.

There is still time to apply to the DEIP program through Rochester RHIO! Practices must commit to sending C-CDAs to Rochester RHIO for at least one year. The DEIP grant ends September 30, 2018, or sooner, if funding dollars run out. Want to see if your practice qualifies for DEIP? Contact our Rochester RHIO Support Team at 1-877-865-7446 (RHIO).


Until the next issue,

Tarun Kothari, MD, FACG, FACP

May 2018 Issue 4