Our mission is to advance health care quality and coordination of care among health care organizations in the Hudson Valley. THINC seeks to achieve its mission through sponsorship of health care transformation initiatives; health information technology adoption and secure health information exchange via the State Health Information Network for New York (SHIN-NY); and activities that enable population health and quality improvement. THINC is committed to rigorous independent evaluation of the efforts it sponsors.
THINC was founded in November 2005 as an independent, not-for-profit convening organization. We are a multi-stakeholder entity created to bring health care organizations across the Hudson Valley together to advance health care quality and coordination.
Broad, local support
We began with the collaboration of a broad array of health care organizations in the Hudson Valley and with particular support from the Taconic Independent Practice Association (Taconic IPA). In 2000, Taconic IPA identified a need for physician practices to become more efficient through improved communications with health care partners and patients, to control costs, and to improve office workflow. Through a series of projects, the Taconic IPA sought to improve rates of electronic health records (EHR) adoption and electronic prescribing among physicians. The idea was initially funded with a $1.5 million grant to study medication errors with researchers at Brigham & Women's Hospital in Boston and to help lower the cost of EHRs for smaller physician practices. Building on this initiative, a broad array of community organizations – hospitals, physician practices, health centers, public health – came together to found THINC.
In 2010, THINC joined Taconic IPA and MedAllies to launch the Hudson Valley Initiative, a collaborative effort to revolutionize health care delivery through a shared vision to improve the quality, safety and efficiency of health care in the community. These three organizations leverage health information technology, physician practice transformation and value-based purchasing in pursuit of care delivery that is patient-centered, coordinated, accessible, high quality, and efficiently delivered through sustainable financial models. To learn more, click here.
THINC is governed by a multi-stakeholder Board of Directors and its five Board Committees, including representatives from physician practices, hospitals, safety net providers, payers, employers, public health, quality organizations, state government, community business leaders, a consumer group, and others in the health care industry.
THINC received a $5 million HEAL 1 grant award in 2006 to support implementation of electronic health records in physicians’ offices. Under the HEAL 1 grant, practices can receive software licenses for the eClinicalWorks electronic health records system as well as support services, to include IT coordination, practice consultation, local implementation and support, clinical workflow redesign and community connectivity.
To support development of an enhanced health information exchange for the Hudson Valley, THINC subsequently secured $11 million in HEAL 5 grant awards. On the regional level, THINC has been an active subcontractor on phases 1 and 2 of the National Health Information Network (NHIN) and CDC HIE projects, garnering smaller sub-grant awards in amounts of $200,000 per project. Additionally, Taconic IPA continues to support THINC with annual administrative grant funding.
To support a care coordination program that will focus on patients with affective disorders,including depression, THINC secured $7.8 million in HEAL 17 grant funds in 2010. The HEAL 17 grants support projects that build on health infrastructure across New York State that improve coordination of care for patients with complex health problems, with a focus on improving delivery and coordination of mental health, long-term care and home care.