Focusing on Telehealth of the Future

Focusing on Telehealth of the Future

Winona Health Participates in Major Program to Advance Health Information Technology

Along with the Mayo Health Clinic and System, Winona Health has been chosen as one of the collaborators to be awarded a federal Beacon grant in excess of $12 million for the Southeast Minnesota Beacon Community Project.  The mission is to build a modern health information network as a means of improving efficiency and effective patient care. The project is part of the national program funded by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Care Technology, part of the Department of Health and Human Services.

Principal collaborators on the award are Olmsted Medical Center, Winona Health, Mayo Clinic and Mayo Health System. They, in turn, are collaborating with each of the public health departments in 11 southeast Minnesota counties and a longer list of technical collaborators. “This is about getting beyond the four walls of the hospital and clinic and going deep into the community to improve the health of individuals,” says Mike Allen, CFO at Winona Health. “The lasting solutions for improving their health largely exist out in the community, and this project is a down payment on that.”

Current focuses of the Beacon grant at Winona Health include:

  • Creating a data repository for health information, which is used for medical research.
  • Forming a Health Information Exchange between local healthcare organizations.
  • Providing telemedicine visits for Winona Health patients.

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