The Greater Cincinnati Beacon Collaboration - Fostering better care, better outcomes and lower costs

Greater Cincinnati is setting the standard for health care in America through the Greater Cincinnati Beacon Collaboration. In September 2010, Greater Cincinnati was selected as one of 17 ONC-funded Beacon Communities that are building and strengthening local health IT infrastructure and testing innovative approaches to make measurable improvements in quality, cost and population health. Greater Cincinnati Beacon Collaboration partners supporting this program include HealthBridge, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, the Greater Cincinnati Health Council, the Health Collaborative, the University of Cincinnati, Hamilton County Public Health, GE and dozens of area hospitals and physician practices.

The Beacon Community Program is funded by the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health Information Technology, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

New Resources on the Greater Cincinnati Beacon Collaboration:

Beacon News


Txt4Health Mobile Initiative

Greater Cincinnati Beacon launched its Txt4Health Program to fight Type 2 Diabetes on Feb. 16, 2012. 

  • For a press release, click here.
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New hbAnalytics    

HealthBridge has implemented a new, sophisticated set of core HIE technologies, business intelligence and analytics tools under the Greater Cincinnati Beacon Collaboration.  The aim is to equip the community with tools to improve information flow, accelerate improvement and prepare for new meaningful use and payment reform requirements.  Click here to learn more.

GCBC Lead Organizations

Background Information

  • Awarded on Sept. 2, 2010
  • Award = $13.75 million; Lead Applicant: HealthBridge
  • To learn more about the grant award, read the Beacon overview.

HIT/HIE Activities

  • Regional Extension Center Coordination – Increase EHR adoption & meaningful use
  • Core HIE Infrastructure Enhancements – Enhance Master Patient Index, data warehouse & connectivity to EHRs
  • ED Admission Alerts – Provide alerts to ambulatory providers when patients use emergency services or are admitted to a hospital
  • Integrated Disease registries – Provide quality improvement technology and clinical decision support
  • Direct Secure Email – Support improved transitions in care and alerting
  • Consumer engagement technologies – Txt4Health initiative to engage patients with pre-diabetes and diabetes
  • Race, ethnicity and language data – Enhance understanding of disparities and target areas for improvement

Clinical Demonstrations & Collaborative Activities

  • Adult Diabetes Demonstration, Lead Organization: The Health Collaborative -  Practices participate in a Patient Centered Medical Home collaborative and a Diabetes Improvement Collaborative
  • Pediatric Asthma, Lead Organization: Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center - Two sub groups: 39 practices in PHO group, three  primary care clinics serving Medicaid patients
  • Hospital Learning Collaboratives, Lead Organization: Greater Cincinnati Health Council – Focus on reductions in re-admissions, transitions in care & documented disparities in care associated with race, ethnicity, and/or language
  • Research & Evaluation Team – University of Cincinnati & AcademyHealth

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