The Bangor Beacon Community, composed of 12 partners throughout the state of Maine, uses health IT to improve quality of care for the patients it serves. View this slideshow for graphics that offer a visual demonstration of the Beacon Community's structure and successes. Click on the images to enlarge.
[See also: 8 lessons from a Beacon Community.]
With its collaborative spirit, all 12 partners are given the opportunity to take a role in the transformation of the healthcare system. By continuing to refine, define, and develop our shared vision, the Bangor Beacon Community is evolving as lessons are learned and best practices are identified.
The Bangor Beacon Community is aligned with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology's Communities of Practice, including Leadership and Governance, Data and Performance Measurement, Clinical Transformation, Health IT and Meaningful Use, and Sustainability.
The Bangor Beacon Community is able to examine several levels of data, including information about our high risk/high cost patients (those patients who have frequently used healthcare services such as Emergency Department visits, hospital admissions, and walk in care visits), specific primary care chronic condition patients at the primary care practice level (patients with diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, congestive heart failure, and asthma), and community data such as immunization compliance.
The Bangor Beacon Community is studying chronic condition patients at a number of area primary care practices. Initial data on 50 measures shows improvement across the entire study community.
Funding through the Beacon Community grant is providing electronic health information availability to a number of new partners, including home care, long-term care, specialty care offices, and primary care practices.