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Crescent City Beacon Receives Coveted Healthcare Informatics Innovator Award

February 19, 2013

New Orleans, La. – Feb. 19, 2013 The Crescent City Beacon Community (CCBC) and its numerous partners, convened by the Louisiana Public Health Institute (LPHI), was recently awarded the 2013 Innovator Award from Healthcare Informatics for its efforts to transform the healthcare delivery system in the Greater New Orleans area.

The CCBC program and the Greater New Orleans Health Information Exchange (GNOHIE) are part of a larger healthcare improvement revolution that demonstrates how health information technology investments and meaningful use of electronic medical records advance the vision of patient-centered care, while achieving the triple aim of better health, better care, and lower costs.

In April 2010, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology chose the Greater New Orleans area as one of only 17 federally funded Beacon communities. Since then, CCBC has advanced several innovative projects, including creating a new patient-centered care coordination system for the New Orleans area, enabled by the GNOHIE, the city’s first Health Information Exchange.

“The Crescent City Beacon program is a perfect example of the spirit of innovation that defines the New Orleans community, and this award is well deserved,” said Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals Secretary Bruce D. Greenstein. “By connecting health care providers and communities throughout the Greater New Orleans area, GNOHIE is helping to improve patient outcomes and serves as a great example of the possibilities of the future.”

“This award is a recognition of the tireless work and creative ingenuity of the people of New Orleans where the community at large, particularly our clinic partners, hospitals, and government agencies, worked together to use health information technology towards improving the overall healthcare delivery system for local residents,” said Dr. Anjum Khurshid, Director of LPHI’s Health Systems Division. “The foundation we’ve all created by thinking community-wide about care management and population health defines this program and allows us to showcase our leadership in HIT.”

Currently, the Interim LSU Hospital, West Jefferson Medical Center and the following community health clinics are actively participating in this care coordination network: 

·         Common Ground Health Clinic

·         Daughters of Charity Services of New Orleans

·         EXECLth, Inc.

·         Healthcare for the Homeless (City of New Orleans Health Department)

·         Jefferson Community Healthcare Centers

·         Mary Queen of Vietnam/New Orleans East, Louisiana Community Health Center

·         NO/AIDS Task Force

·         Odyssey House Louisiana

·         Access Health Louisiana

·         St. Thomas Community Health Center

·         Tulane Ruth Fertel Community Health Center

·         Jefferson Parish Human Services Authority

CCBC leadership is currently in talks with several other major hospitals about their participation in the GNOHIE, which seeks to expand the benefits of a patient-centered system of care to more residents in the region.

“This award marks the realization of three years of hard work and dedication by an expansive network of multi-sector partnerships,” said Joe Kimbrell, LPHI’s CEO. “We look forward to seeing this innovative care coordination system serve as an asset in all population health improvement efforts in the future.”

“What makes this collaboration worthy of Innovator Awards recognition is the combination of vision and scope on the one hand, and the successful leveraging of HIT to achieve those visionary goals, on the other,” said Mark Hagland, Editor-in-Chief of Healthcare Informatics.

CCBC will be recognized at the Healthcare Innovator Awards reception at Palace Cafe on Monday, March 4, at 6 p.m. in New Orleans, during the annual HIMSS Conference.

For more information on this award and to view the Healthcare Informatics award release, please click here.

For more information about CCBC and its respective projects, please visit www.crescentcitybeacon.org.

 About the Louisiana Public Health Institute (LPHI)

Founded in 1997, The Louisiana Public Health Institute’s mission is to promote and improve the health and quality of life in Louisiana through public-private partnering at the community, parish and state levels. By fostering collaborative endeavors in the areas of health information, public policy, applied research, and community capacity enhancement, LPHI works to develop community-oriented solutions that improve the health of the Louisiana population. For more information, visit www.lphi.org.