Western Colorado’s Community Resource Network Selected as National Semifinalist for Well-being Innovation Challenge

Exchange Platform from Award-Winning Quality Health Network Fills the Gaps in Well-being

((Grand Junction, Colorado)) – Today, Quality Health Network (QHN), based in Grand Junction, Colo., announced its Community Resource Network (CRN) has been named one of five semifinalists for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Social Determinants of Health Innovation Challenge. CRN’s development, a joint venture between QHN and Stella Technology, leverages the extensive knowledge and assets of QHN’s award-winning health information exchange infrastructures.

The competition started with 110 entries and seeks to find digital solutions to help providers and those at risk connect to safety net and other services which may include social, behavioral, and medical needs. The ability to address an individual’s unmet social determinant needs, like housing and food insecurity, can contribute materially (+50%) to a person’s well-being and can improve healthcare outcomes and costs.

“We are thrilled that CRN is among the top five innovations in the country,” says Dick Thompson, Executive Director and CEO of QHN. “The CRN platform provides solutions to fill the gaps people face getting the help they need. Our community has been working for years to develop a collaborative system to reduce unnecessary duplication, improve the well-being of individuals, and ultimately drive down the cost of healthcare for everyone across western Colorado. We also believe this leading-edge technology can be scaled to be used in communities throughout the US.”

CRN is a secure community information exchange that creates a whole-person picture of health, connects care teams, expedites help for those at risk, and optimizes their well-being. CRN is powered by Quality Health Network, recognized as an innovative leader of health information exchange in the nation.

“The establishment of the Community Resource Network gives us the opportunity to facilitate a whole-person approach to care and support and provide a robust directory and referral network of community resources which can be used to meet the needs of those we serve,” said Jeff Kuhr, PhD, Executive Director of Mesa County Public Health.

“We’ve had one of the most successful health information exchange platforms in the country for more than a decade that has enabled better care for patients across our region. Incorporating social determinants of health into our purview made perfect sense. We are still in the infancy stages of the CRN, but as we prepare to launch phase one of our CRN pilot we are excited about the depth of the system’s potential,” adds Thompson.

As a semi-finalist the CRN receives $5,000 and advances to phase II of the competition with a $50,000 prize at stake.

For more information about CRN or to schedule an interview with Dick Thompson, please contact Charity Meinhart at (970) 248-0033.

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About Community Resource Network

Community Resource Network is a person-centric Community Information Exchange that is integrated with Quality Health Network’s secure Health Information Exchange infrastructure, and gives Medical, Social Service, and Behavioral Health providers an enriched and shareable data set focused on the ‘whole person’ view to better communicate, prioritize actions, collaborate, and improve client outcomes. www.thecommunityresourcenetwork.org

About Quality Health Network

Quality Health Network (QHN) is an award winning, not-for-profit community partnership established in 2004 to facilitate the availability of information to optimize the health of our communities. QHN’s unique technologies help our network participants securely exchange information to enhance care coordination and identify those at risk, so that efforts can be focused where they’re needed most. www.qualityhealthnetwork.org

Date: July 17, 2019
Contact: Charity Meinhart
cmeinhart@qualityhealthnetwork.org
(970) 248-0033