Project Term: 12 months; Ended 2019
Grant Amount: $50,000
This project strengthened partnerships to promote health and health information technology through the planning and successful award generation of a health information exchange in Montana. This is part of a multi-stakeholder effort to establish a sustainable, statewide health information exchange that can serve as a patient’s data home and allow health care providers to access and share health-related information statewide. This planning grant resulted in the formation of a new 501(c)3 organization, Big Sky Care Connect: organizational and legal documents were finalized, a 25-member board selected, and organizational structure developed. The new organization was awarded a CMS innovation grant of $20 million and is now in a capital campaign to secure additional matching funds to maximize the potential award from CMS.