Hudson Information Technology for Community Health is a community-based non-profit 501c(3) organization located in Tarrytown, NY, that promotes high quality care among safety-net primary care providers. It was founded 2010 by three federally-qualified health centers serving patients in New York State’s Hudson Valley: Hudson River Health Care, the Institute for Family Health, and Open Door Family Medical Centers, Inc. Through the support of its founding members as well as grant funding, HITCH develops and disseminates proven approaches to process and outcome improvements, offering tools, content, and professional services to help providers use information technology to achieve their quality goals, and sustain their improvements by instilling and supporting QI best practices.
HITCH IS GUIDED BY THE FOLLOWING PRINCIPLES:
- Information technology can be leveraged to improve care processes and the health of populations
- Evidence-based standards of care are under-recognized and providers need assistance in applying them in busy primary care settings
- Clinicians, administrators, and policy makers can use actionable data on care processes and clinical outcomes to measure performance and make decisions
- FQHCs and other safety net providers benefit from building competency in clinical quality improvement initiatives
- Organizations can learn from each other when provided with the tools and support for doing so.
Collaboration at the community level is part of HITCH’s approach. In addition to sharing best practices among its founding members, HITCH actively works with a variety of community stakeholders including THINC, Hudson Center for Health Equity and Quality, the Adirondack Health Institute, [list hospitals], [list others].
KEY INITIATIVES INCLUDE:
- The deployment of the Primary Care Medical Home Model concepts to 5,000 chronically ill diabetics [outcomes?]
- A three-year NYS-funded project to develop an interoperable, community-wide health information exchange infrastructure with the aim of improving coordination and management of care for over 8,500 patients with affective disorders.
- Contractor for New York State’s Cancer Services Program in the first regional effort by NYSDOH to provide cancer screening and diagnostic services to eligible patients Rockland, Westchester, Putnam, Ulster, and Dutchess counties.
- A federally-funded grant to facilitate the enrollment into children’s health insurance of children in urban, suburban, rural and frontier areas across 17 counties in New York State.