Hawaii invests $20M in electronic records

By Healthcare IT News
12:00 AM

HONOLULU – The Hawaii Medical Service Association (HMSA) will spend $20 million over the next three years to help about 1,000 of the association’s member physicians acquire electronic medical records (EMR) systems.

Bob Hiam, HMSA president and CEO, said the funding for the Initiative for Innovation and Quality (HI-IQ), is envisioned as “a catalyst to continuously advance quality health care in Hawaii.”

Hiam said combined investment income and reserves will be used for the HI-IQ funding – the largest outlay in HMSA’s history for a health improvement program. HMSA will pay no more than half the cost of an EMR system, up to $20,000 per physician.