VITL partners with Medicity to improve health care delivery in Vermont

first_imgVermont Information Technology Leaders, Inc. (VITL), operator of Vermont’s statewide health information exchange (HIE), announced today that it has selected Medicity’s suite of health information exchange solutions to improve the quality and cost-effectiveness of health care in Vermont.”Since VITL began operations as an independent non-profit organization in 2005, it has been working to improve the care that Vermonters receive by enabling electronic communication between health care providers,” said David Cochran, MD, VITL’s president and CEO. “The selection of Medicity as our HIE partner, with its industry-leading technologies and vast experience with statewide health information exchange – will allow us to accelerate connecting Vermont’s health care providers and provide additional support to Vermont’s nation-leading health care reform efforts.”VITL’s Vermont Health Information Exchange (VHIE) currently connects eight Vermont hospitals to 29 physician practices with 116 practitioners so that physicians can receive lab results and other clinical reports electronically. Several physician practices and hospitals also transmit data via VITL to the state’s Blueprint for Health registry, which physicians use to analyze care and identify opportunities for improvement. With Medicity, VITL will expand the services available to its existing VHIE customers, as well as connect the remaining Vermont hospitals and physician practices to the VHIE and the Blueprint for Health registry. VITL will also extend HIE access to other Vermont health care organizations, including nursing homes and mental health agencies.Initially, VITL will deploy the HIE to automate healthcare transactions such as lab and radiology orders and results, distribution of discharge summaries, and transfer of clinical summaries to the Blueprint for Health registry. Medicity’s HIE will provide seamless communications between the many different brands of EHRs and hospital systems used in Vermont. In the next phase, VITL will roll out HIE services for data aggregation, patient matching and record location to implement a statewide community health record.”As the pace of health care reform quickens in Vermont, and the Blueprint for Health initiative expands statewide, VITL has a very large task ahead of it to connect all the state’s health care providers,” said Cochran. “We selected Medicity to help us complete this task because it has demonstrated in other states that it has both the technology and skills necessary to rapidly and successfully deploy a full suite of health information exchange services on a statewide level.””The Vermont HIE has already made significant strides in offering services to improve the continuity and quality of care,” said Brent Dover, Medicity’s president. “We are excited to partner with VITL to augment the HIE and extend the collaboration infrastructure to every care provider.”About VITLVITL is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that assists Vermont health care providers with adopting and using health information technology to improve patient care. Because VITL’s stakeholders come from both the private and public sectors, in essence VITL operates as a public-private partnership. VITL is both the designated health information exchange for the state of Vermont and the federally-designated regional extension center for the state of Vermont. For more information, visit or follow us MedicityMedicity, the industry standard for health information exchange (HIE), is the leading innovator and largest provider of HIE technology – with more than 750 hospitals and 250,000 end users in its connected ecosystem. Medicity’s solutions empower hospitals, physicians and HIEs with secure access to and exchange of health information – improving the quality and efficiency of patient care locally, regionally and nationally. For more information, please visit is external) or follow us on MONTPELIER, Vt. – March 2, 2011-Vermont Information Technology Leaders, Inc. (VITL)last_img read more

Údarás announce record 2017 despite Christmas jobs blow

first_imgDespite the loss of almost 30 jobs just before Christmas, a record number of jobs were created in the Donegal Gaeltacht in 2017.The annual report of Udaras na Gaeltachta shows that a total of 243 new jobs were created locally.When job losses are taken into consideration, there was a significant net increase of 103, which means that by year end there were 2,193 jobs in Údarás na Gaeltachta client companies. This is the highest number of jobs since 2009.Despite the heavy blow dealt to Gaoth Dobhair at the end of the year due to the closure of SLM Ceangal Éire Teo., Udaras says it is a positive indication for the Donegal Gaeltacht.It says that through the authority’s support over the past three years and as a result of the particular focus placed on the county in that period, 242 new jobs have been created and a substantial number of projects are also in the pipeline.New jobs were created in companies throughout the Donegal Gaeltacht, including Arán Ard Teo, Ard an Rátha, R.A. Pacáistí Teo., VHI, Meastóirí Domhanda, Kombucha Éireannach Teo., and Fáisc Miotáil Teo. in Páirc Ghnó Ghaoth Dobhair; Bá Dhún na nGall Teo., Oileán Glas Teo., and Cuan Tamhnaigh Teo., in Cill Charthaigh; Cora Tine Teo. in Fál Carrach; and Randox Teo. and Ostre’ an Teo., in An Clochán Liath. The growth in jobs has been experienced across a wide range of sectors and companies.New ProjectsLast year the Board of Údarás na Gaeltachta approved a number of new projects for the Donegal Gaeltacht, which will result in 239 new jobs and a projected total investment of €14.23 million when these projects are underway. The majority of job approvals for future employment were in the food, marine and services sectors.During 2017, some 6 new businesses were established in the Donegal Gaeltacht and seven people were employed in these businesses by year end.Enterprise Development Forum Action Plan Údarás na Gaeltachta announced the action plan Ag Forbairt na Fiontraíochta ar Pháirc Ghnó Ghaoth Dobhair in 2015 and focused on growing employment and enterprise in North-West Donegal. An tÚdarás indicated its objective to support the creation of 300 new jobs and to invest €4.7 million in Páirc Ghnó Ghaoth Dobhair over a three-year period (2015 – 2017). The implementation period of the plan comes to an end in March 2018 and a final report by the Enterprise Development Forum will be published before the summer.LEADER ProgrammeÚdarás na Gaeltachta approved grants for 13 projects totalling €113,276 under the LEADER Programme in the Donegal Gaeltacht at the end of 2017. The grants were sanctioned for various community groups and individuals. Up to 75% of the cost of the projects is covered by the grants. When the local contribution is taken into consideration, this means a total investment of €154,726. The majority of projects will improve community amenities, and sports and recreation facilities.These are the first projects to have reached the final stage of authorisation and a further two projects have also been approved by Donegal LCDC which will involve supports of over €50,000 and a total investment of €62,736. Údarás na Gaeltachta is one of four partners under the Donegal LCDC with responsibility under the LAG to administer the implementation of the LEADER Programme in the Donegal Gaeltacht (excluding the Gaeltacht islands which come under the remit of Comhar na nOileán). Social Employment SchemesA total of 331 people were employed on social employment schemes in the Donegal Gaeltacht at the end of the year. This included 133 on the Rural Social Scheme, 12 on the Tús Nua Scheme, 107 on the Community Employment Scheme and 79 on the Tús scheme. The schemes are managed by 14 supervisors, administered by Údarás na Gaeltachta and funded by the Department of Social Protection.Cooperative- and Community-Based Company SchemesFunding of €556,000 was provided for nine organisations under the Community Development Programme in 2017, and these in turn implemented and agreed a community development agenda. Arrangements have been made to establish a community development organisation in Baile na Finne, which will receive funding under this programme and which will be established early in 2018.Language PlanningDuring 2017 each Language Planning Area in the Donegal Gaeltacht was engaged in the language planning process. Language plans were approved for two Language Planning Areas: the Gaoth Dobhair, Rann na Feirste, Anagaire and Loch an Iúir LPA and the Cloich Cheann Fhaola LPA (Gort an Choirce, An Fál Carrach and Machaire Rabhartaigh). Arrangements are being made at present with two Lead Organisations to enable them to implement the language plans in their respective LPAs. Language plans were being prepared for the Na Rosa LPA and the Gaeltacht Lár LPA during the year and this work will continue in the four other LPAs, the Tuaisceart Dhún na nGall LPA, the Toraigh LPA, the Árainn Mhór LPA and the Dún na nGall Theas LPA. It is expected that the language plans for those four LPAs will be ready for submission to the Department in the second and third quarter of this year.It is also expected that An Clochán Liath (Dungloe) will be named a Gaeltacht Service Town early in 2018.Údarás announce record 2017 despite Christmas jobs blow was last modified: January 31st, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalGAELTACHTjobsrecordÚdarás na Gaeltachtalast_img read more