Maryland practice wins ONC EHR innovation award

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Green Spring Internal Medicine is the winner of the EHR Innovations for Improving Hypertension Challenge held by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT.

The challenge was run in conjunction with the Million Hearts Initiative and operated in two phases to uncover clinical practices that have used clinical decision support (CDS) to implement the most successful, evidence-based blood pressure treatment protocols and to spur implementation of these tools.

Green Spring Internal Medicine was one of two winners of Phase 1 of the challenge. The tools the organization developed can be useful for population health management registries and other follow-up IT tools based on Physician Quality Reporting System requirements.

Green Spring designed its own challenge, GreensSpringMed Hypertension Challenge, inviting practices in its patient-centered medical home pilot, in its accountable care organization and practices affiliated with the QIN-QIO in Maryland and Virginia, and those affiliated with the Department of Health and Hygiene in Maryland.

They asked each practice to design and implement their own evidence-based hypertension control protocol. Thirteen practices participated in the challenge and Green Spring held monthly webinars from April through October to disseminate our strategy and tools, specifically clinical decision support tools and registry use, and discussed various barriers and successes practices were experiencing in implementing these tools in their respective practices.

During the challenge, a number of practices came up with their own CDS innovations. All of the webinars were recorded and resources were uploaded to an online shared workspace.