Health Information Technology
Advances in health information technology are contributing critically to the nation’s push for a less costly, higher quality health care system. To fulfill that promise more completely, federal law is spurring eligible health care providers that receive reimbursement under Medicare or Medicaid to adopt and meaningfully use modern, electronic health-record information systems. Starting in 2011, eligible providers are receiving higher reimbursement payments as an incentive to embrace meaningful data system improvements. But within a few years, Medicare providers will face penalties for not doing so.
For more than a decade, JSI has been dedicated to helping federal and state agencies, foundations, hospitals, community organizations, and private health care practices evaluate, monitor and implement cutting-edge health information technologies. The mandate of federal law to accelerate the introduction of those technologies across the health care landscape has intensified JSI’s commitment to providing related technical expertise.
JSI collaborates with clients to ensure that each one develops the best possible strategy for evaluating their health technology needs, building capacity for quality improvements and reporting, monitoring progress and assessing outcomes. JSI offers expertise, notably, in maximizing information technology gains through systems that integrate health care among providers, foster patient portals and promote patient-centered medical homes.
Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
Following in the footsteps of its namesake, Dr. John Snow, JSI implements geographic information systems (GIS) technology which enables the integration of multiple sources of data for visualization and analysis based on where activities are happening on the ground. JSI uses mapping technology to unlock and analyze critical public health information. Learn more about JSI's GIS work.
Read about JSI's expertise in managing health information with technology.
Read more about our work in health information technology for the MassHealth DSRIP Technical Assistance Program.
In collaboration with HRSA, the Center will optimize health centers’ use of electronic health records to achieve improved health outcomes.
The Massachusetts Department of Health's QuitWorks program links smokers who want to quit with counselors through an easy, web-based referral system.
From a groundbreaking waiver allowing NY to reinvest billions in federal savings, JSI will support the Central NY Care Collaborative in implementing the waiver dollars - addressing critical issues throughout the state and encouraging comprehensive reform.
JSI assists Connecticut in implementing a state-wide, standardized electronic information system to help doctors, hospitals, and healthcare providers access medical records.
JSI conducts a market analysis to help the South Florida Regional Extension Center understand the needs of physician practices in their region and identify the priority areas SFREC needs to focus on to pursue financial and programmatic sustainability.
JSI developed an automated process for a stop-smoking program it runs for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health that enables doctor to send referrals in a timely, efficient manner. Referrals are key to the widely recognized success of the program.
Research funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Health Information Technology Portfolio facilitates successful design, implementation, and use of health IT. JSI developed the 2011 AHRQ Health IT Portfolio's Annual Report.
To help the Rhode Island Department of Health protect and promote health in the state, JSI developed a set of valid measures of health outcomes, health-related behaviors, and health system performance that can be generated on a timely basis.
JSI manages the AIDS.gov project, which aims to reduce HIV infection, increase testing, and improve early access to care by promoting federal policies and programs through social media channels, including blogs, Twitter, video, and Facebook.