What is a Beacon Community?

15 Health IT Pilot Communities through Recovery Act Beacon Community Program


·         HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, May 4, 2010, announced selection of 15 communities across the country to serve as pilots for eventual wide scale use of HIT through the Beacon Community program.  $220 million in awards.

·         Use of EHRs

·         Beacon Communities will offer insight into how health IT can make a real difference in the delivery of health care

·         Will use health IT resources within their community as a foundation for bringing doctors, hospitals, community health programs, federal programs and patients together to design new ways of improving quality and efficiency to benefit patients and taxpayers. 

·         Each Beacon community has specific and measurable improvement goals in each of 3 vital areas for health systems improvement:  quality, cost-efficiency and population health.  The goals vary according to the needs and priorities of each community

·         Communities will be expected to build on an existing infrastructure of interoperable health IT and standards-based information exchange to show the promise for health IT

·         They will offer evidence that widespread adoption of health IT and exchange of health information is both feasible and improves care delivery and health outcomes.  Lessons learned through the program will be a roadmap for other communities to achieve meaningful use on a community-wide bases. 

·         The 15 Beacon communities are:

1.   Tulsa, OK

2.   Stoneville, MS

3.   Brewer, Maine

4.   Danville, PA

5.   Salt Lake City, UT

6.   Indianapolis, IN

7.   Spokane, WA

8.   New Orleans, LA

9.   Rochester, MN

10.                Providence, RI

11.                Grand Junction, CO

12.                Concord, NC

13.                San Diego, CA

14.                Hilo, Hawaii

15.                Buffalo, NY


About Julie

My credentials include a Master's Certificate in Health Informatics, a CHPSE certification (Certified HIPAA Privacy and Security Expert), and certification in HL7 (Health Level 7). The multidisciplinary approach to equipping myself to enter the healthcare IT sector is consistent with my professional background in sales, management, healthcare, and recruiting. I also have a BA in Organizational Psychology from the University of Michigan, which as been invaluable in my professional life for exceling in sales, change management, and laying down an excellent foundation from which I was able to build effective communication skills with professionals of all levels.

Posted on March 17, 2011, in Definitions and Concepts, Questions and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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