Contexture and QHN are excited to announce that the two organizations have entered into a Letter of Intent to explore an affiliation to unify health information exchange in Colorado. This affiliation would result in the integration of staff, technology, and operations and enable both organizations to bring our extensive expertise serving our respective communities to support all of Colorado.
Currently, Contexture and QHN enable health information exchange in different regions of Colorado, in addition to Contexture’s health information exchange in Arizona. Both organizations have partnered well in the past in areas such as data sharing between networks, program partnerships, and solutions; the affiliation would continue to build upon these successes, covering all of Colorado.
“Both Contexture and QHN have similar services that carry strong reputations built on delivering innovative and effective solutions,” explains Melissa Kotrys, CEO of Contexture. “As we formed Contexture, we knew it was important to partner with other regional health information exchanges to better serve our stakeholders and grow our offerings. Exploring affiliation with QHN is a great step forward.”
“Our organizations recognize that people cross HIE boundaries for care, so improving our networks to ensure providers and care teams have the data they need when they need it continues to drive our efforts,” said Marc Lassaux, QHN Executive Director and CEO. “QHN has successfully served rural providers and communities in western Colorado, and Contexture’s experience includes serving many different types of communities in Arizona and Colorado. We are excited to explore how this affiliation will deepen our collective commitment to serving all providers and the people they care for across Colorado, Arizona, and beyond, especially rural and independent providers.”
As the largest health information exchange in the western U.S., Contexture drives health data interoperability for Arizona and Colorado. QHN brings strong expertise in serving rural providers and care teams with unique challenges in the changing healthcare landscape. Together, this affiliation would put both organizations in a better position to compete for national opportunities and to meet federal policy changes. This includes leveraging and expanding work by Contexture and QHN, especially as it relates to their social determinants of health (SDOH) efforts, and will allow for new solutions, including analytics and reporting functions from micro-levels to statewide and multi-state coverage.
Looking forward, Contexture and QHN are committed to continuing their mission of serving local communities by developing products and services that align with those objectives.
The organizations will continue to keep participants and other stakeholders informed as the affiliation exploratory process moves forward.