By Richard Asinof
PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island’s health information exchange, known as CurrentCare, had a total of 276,279 enrollees as Dec. 31, 2012, according to Lisa DiPrete, director of communications at the Rhode Island Quality Institute, the nonprofit managing the build out.
The exchange is a secure electronic data network to enable doctors and other health care providers access to the most up-to-date health information, in order to promote the best possible care and treatment.
“Enrollment has been a bit slower than anticipated because of our opt-in enrollment process,” DiPrete said. However, she continued, the model, with its privacy and compliance standards, has turned out be an asset. DiPrete said that CurrentCare has been able integrate data from behavioral health with primary care, something that other health information exchanges across the country have not been able to do.
As part of its efforts to generate additional funding resources, the R.I. Quality Institute has asked self-insured companies in Rhode Island to provide support for its efforts. According to DiPrete, there are currently 14 participants in the fundraising effort. “Our goal is to raise $2 million [from self-insured companies] for 2013, and we are at 53 percent of our goal.”
Other sources of income in 2013 under the institute’s “broad-based payer funding model” include $4 million from fully insured companies through Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island, Tufts Health Plan, and UnitedHealthcare of New England, and $2 million in funding through state and federal Medicaid members.
The R.I. Quality Institute is also engaged in benchmarking outcomes and results through its quality data analytics team, an extension of the work it has done through the Beacon Community Program with the R.I. Chronic Sustainability Initiative.
“Our intention is to continued to develop the analytics work we do going forward,” DeiPrete said, mentioning the potential of working with other clients.
In total, the R.I. Quality Institute currently has 56 employees, according to DiPrete. Its annual budget for fiscal 2013 is about $15 million, with payroll making up approximately $5.3 million of that amount. Laura Adams, the president and CEO of the Rhode Island Quality Institute, earned $310,360 in salary in 2011.