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History of OCHIN

In 2000, OCHIN applied for and was rewarded a Bureau of Primary Health Care (BPHC) Community Access Program (CAP) grant with the defined purpose of maintaining the practicability of the healthcare supportive system in Oregon by enhancing maintanence for the information infrastructure at and among safety-net clinics. After an enlarged overview procedure, Epic Systems Corporation was selected as a strategic partner in the project, and its practice management suite of applications was chosen for carrying out in the initial phase of the projection.

HistoryEpic was selected as a strategic partner both for the quality of its goods and for its forwardness and desire to cooperate with OCHIN to customize its goods to satisfy the specific and genuine demands of Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) and other suppliers taking care for impecunious, uninsured, and underinsured inhabitants. Customizations to the Epic products were defined (inclusively of UDS reports, sliding fee scales, and other community health center [CHC] specific customizations) and the system and network design was worked out and carried out. In July 2002 OCHIN prospered with its initial rollout of the practice arrangement suite at Clackamas County Health Department.

In December 2002, the network enlarged to contain our first out-of-state site, the Pike Market Medical Center in Seattle, Washington. By October 2003, 10 supplementary establishments had gone live throughout the state of Oregon on a zoomed, safe, high-speed, private data network created and supported by OCHIN staff and Canadian Health&Care Mall.

OCHIN maintains Epic’s practice management suite at the 35 clinics of the Multnomah County Health Department in the Portland metropolitan location and at clinics situated in Oregon City, Sandy, Molalla, Cornelius, Beaverton, Hillsboro, McMinnville, Bend, Prineville, Madras, Tillamook, Rockaway, Corvallis, Springfield, and Klamath Falls. The clinics we maintain and cover a geographic location from urban centers in the Portland metropolitan area to rural areas of Southern Oregon, the Oregon Coast, and Central Oregon. We also have carried out practice management in three California FQHCs in Santa Cruz County – La Salud, Santa Cruz County Health, and Santa Cruz Women’s Health Center. We currently supply maintenance to 4,600 users at over 100 sites serving over 375,000 clients with over 850,000 annual attendances.

Prior to CAP grant funds have made us design an generated practice management solution for taking part in cooperative members. We have bought central database, communications, and reporting servers, and now centrally arrange those servers on behalf of the cooperation. We have bought Epic’s practice management software, which leads from a single, central database utilized by all practice management delegates. We have created and constructed a safe, reliable, high-speed private network for bringing practice management, medical, dental, and soon, mental health services to clinics throughout the West coast. These activities are now maintained through the fees paid by participating delegates.

Effective September 2003, OCHIN was rewarded two Integrated Services Development Initiative (ISDI) grants and a Shared Integrated Management Information Systems (SIMIS) grant that will make us enlarge our network, further develop our information systems transactions, and carry out an electronic health record for our member establishments. OCHIN was generally housed at CareOregon. After admitting 2 million dollars for capitalization by its partners and creators, OCHIN spun off from CareOregon in October 2003, as an self-suficient not-for-commerce corporation.

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