Project Term: 18 months; Ended 2018
Grant Amount: $50,000
This project’s goal was to explore the potential for creating a health information exchange (HIE) for Montana. The project successfully enabled over 100 individuals from 74 organizations to collaborate on a feasibility study. Partners included the Office of the Governor, the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services, Montana Hospital Association, health insurance providers, and the Montana Primary Care Association. The launch event in December 2016 brought over 100 individuals from across the state together to share perspectives and concluded with support for the initiative. This diverse stakeholder group worked together over the following year to explore topics of privacy and security, business and finance, technology, clinical quality, and governance, and they offered recommendations in support of creating a state HIE. The project is summarized in the 2017 Montana HIE Planning Project Report, crafted by the consultant team from MyHealth Access Network. In addition, the project resulted in the establishment of a 501(c)3 organization, Big Sky Care Connect, and the appointment of a 12-member organizing board. Interest and support continue to grow for this private-public partnership.