The interoperability of electronic health records (EHR) is consistently one of the key factors noted in EHR provider satisfaction surveys. EHR interoperability improves workflow and allows for the consistent, accurate transfer of data among disparate EHR systems creating an environment that improves the delivery and continuity of healthcare.  The focus on interoperability continues to move […]


The investments made in health information technology and functionality that improves providers’ ease of access is reaping significant dividends. Quality Health Network (QHN) recently had the opportunity to ask local providers about their experience with single sign-on (SSO) and how it changes their utilization and access to information in QHN’s health information exchange (HIE). “SSO […]

HIE Interoperability “Magic” Improves Provider Efficiency, Saves Time and Money

The Evolution of Health IT Utilization  As the adoption of health IT progresses and matures, and interoperability becomes more robust, the utilization by providers of Health Information Exchange (HIE) continues to evolve and transform itself.  In practices/organizations with robust bidirectional interfaces the integration of the HIE becomes almost seamless. Many providers no longer login to […]


Primary care is the foundation of an effective healthcare delivery system, providing a trusted place where most people receive the preponderance of their care. There is nearly universal agreement that the redesign of the US healthcare system must be based on a robust primary care foundation however, the current model based on volume rather than […]

HIE Connection: Improving Care for Western Colorado Veterans

As connectivity to the Quality Health Network (QHN) Health Information Exchange (HIE) has grown, now with more than 90 percent of the area’s providers and greater than 80 percent of the healthcare organizations connected, the number of patients represented in the HIE has grown dramatically. This adds to the value and volume of historical clinical […]

HIE Improves Access to Hospice Care / Advance Directives

HopeWest is the Hospice provider for a large six county area of rugged, rural western Colorado. This service area is approximately the size of all the New England states combined. Dr. David West, Vice President of Medical Affairs for HopeWest recently spoke to Quality Health Network (QHN) about their utilization of the QHN Heath Information […]

Alerts & HIE Interoperability: the Cornerstone of Care Coordination

“Alerts” are important and actionable electronic notifications triggered when patients are registered in the Emergency Department (ED) or are admitted to or discharged from a hospital.  These real-time notifications provide information about a patient’s medical services encounter (which may include diagnosis and procedures), demographics, as well as the date and time of the event.  The […]

Care Coordination: HIE bridging the communication gap across the continuum of care

Innovation to improve patient care is happening across the western slope of Colorado. Throughout our area, there are many examples of people coming together with a common vision of improving patient care and lowering healthcare costs. In March of 2015, Rocky Mountain Health Plans (RMHP) in collaboration with QHN and numerous community partners including, long-term […]

First Responders Use HIE for Quality Improvement

First Responders Use HIE to Improve Patient Care, Respect Patient Wishes  Grand Junction Fire Department (GJFD) is the emergency and prevention service provider for Grand Junction, Colorado and the surrounding area. Its operation includes 5 stations, employing more than 125 firefighters and other personnel, covering a service area of 77 square miles. Health and Safety […]


School based health clinics (SBHC) offer students, enrolled in the school district, interdisciplinary on-site healthcare services. In Colorado, SBHCs have been strategically placed in school districts with highest rates of childhood poverty and the lowest rates of insured children, bringing care directly to children in-need regardless of insurance status or the ability to pay.  The […]