md_female‘I need an EHR, but why is this MY problem? Shouldn’t this be OUR problem?’ Exactly. Welcome to HCHIC.

“Our Father’s life was shortened by many years because a laboratory test result that showed a reversible¬† kidney failure was lost in the paper shuffle.” — The Dunn Family

“I’ve seen death caused by preventable errors, disorganization, bad outcomes, high cost and poor care in nearly every place I have worked in my career as a medical doctor because no one is coordinating Health Information Technology.” — I. Valdes, MD, MS

The Mission of HCHIC is: To unify the health information infrastructure for Harris County, Texas for the benefit of all.

Goal 1: Educating local public and private sector leaders about the need for a unified EHR infrastructure. Goal 2: Developing pilot, demonstration and production systems connecting health care providers within Harris County. Goal 3: Provide help, support and consultation for organizations that wish to independently use non-proprietary systems.

Goal 1: Will be accomplished by offering CME presentations, print media and live presentations.  Educational objectives include the following:

  • Economic challenges to EMR adoption.
  • Barriers to implementation of EMR systems.
  • Licensing issues.
  • Challenges to achieving interoperability.
  • Economic theory (public goods vs. private goods).

Goal 2: Will be accomplished by consulting for, implementing and evaluating a shared electronic health record system for uninsured, Medicaid, and other patients among all safety net health, mental health providers in Harris County, and private practitioners.

Goal 3: Not all organizations may wish to participate in the non-profit, member managed HCHIC. We provide help, support and consultation for organizations who wish to participate.

Why We Exist: Electronic Medical Records (EMRs) are most effective and most useful when they are unified across multiple organizations yet Electronic Medical Records and the health information infrastructure of Harris County has almost no coordination across organizations. Different EMR software is the norm, not the exception.

We strive to:

  • advocate, develop, coordinate and unify EMR software in Harris County across organizations.

What We Believe:

  • Electronic Medical Record software is a public good.
  • As a public good, it is governed by the economic rules of public goods.
  • Non-profit organizations such as HCHIC thrive in a public goods setting.
  • Proprietary EMR software has led to market failure because it does not treat EMR software as a public good.
  • Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) licensed EMR software solves many of the problems of proprietary EMR software and will lead to unification of EMR’s in Harris County.

Who We Are:

Harris County Health Information Cooperative TM (HCHIC) is a not-for-profit organization composed of Physicians, Health IT software engineer specialists and community leaders.