News From MeHI
May 2021
Clinton Global Initiative Supports
"Community Health Equity Innovation Lab"
On April 15th, the Clinton Global Initiative announced a ‘Commitment to Action’ led by Boston-based Harbor Health to develop a new innovation lab focused on bringing together digital health startups, community health center providers, and community health center patients to develop solutions that promote health equity.
The project was announced by former President Bill Clinton in a video on the Initiative’s Facebook page and highlighted in the press release on the event.
MeHI will work with leading Massachusetts organizations from digital health, entrepreneurship, and healthcare, including Harbor Health, Babson College, and TechSpring in Springfield.
The news was launched as part of a two-day forum focused on “Expanding the Future of Work Today: Equitable and Inclusive Jobs for All.” Watch archived video of the forum on The Clinton Foundation’s website.
Keva Health Wins
COVID-19 Connect Tech Innovation Challenge
On April 9th, a panel of independent expert judges declared Lexington’s Keva Health the winner of the Massachusetts COVID-19 Connect Tech Innovation Challenge.
Led by CEO Jyotsna Mehta, Keva won the grand prize for their Asthma Advisor product, an app that empowers patients to manage their own care via access to their doctors and care plans, the ability to track peak flow, and educational resources about asthma treatments. The company took home a $40,000 grand prize.

Keva is also a participant in the Massachusetts Digital Health Sandbox program, aimed at helping Massachusetts healthcare technology startups test and validate their products. Keva has worked with the TechSpring innovation center at Baystate Health in Springfield, where they are piloting a project with asthma patients in the Baystate system. 

The first runner-up was Boston's Thrive Community, developers of software to help family caregivers stay better connected with their loved ones, receiving a $10,000 prize.

To learn more about Keva Health and Thrive Community, visit the Challenge webpage. You can also watch the grand prize announcement by Housing and Economic Development Secretary Mike Kennealy, who highlighted the importance of innovation to the Commonwealth's economic recovery.
Upcoming Webinars
Query HIE
Query HIE uses the Query-based Information Exchange method to allow care providers to search for and retrieve patient information made accessible by other providers who have previously seen the same patient. Query HIE is particularly useful for unplanned care, such as emergency room visits, but can also be helpful for planned care as well.

In this webinar, we will explain how Query HIE works, when to use it, how it compares to Direct Messaging, and how it can be beneficial to improving patient care.
Tuesday, May 25, 2021
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Beyond the Benefits:
A Caregiver Love Story with Business Solutions
Don’t miss Torchlight’s upcoming virtual event, Beyond the Benefits: A Caregiver Love Story with Business Solutions. The event will feature an exclusive screening of the movie, "Caregiver: A Love Story", followed by a fireside chat with industry leaders on the caregiver crisis and the critical role that employers must play.
Attendees will learn:
  • The size and depth of the caregiver population;
  • The mental, physical, and financial impacts of caregiving on employees;
  • The implications on diversity and inclusion workplace policies and strategies; and
  • The best ways employers can support their caregiving workforce
Beyond the Benefits:
A Caregiver Love Story with Business Solutions
Wednesday, June 2, 2021
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Mass HIway
Provider Directory 2.0
The Mass HIway’s Provider Directory 2.0 includes a list of clinicians who participate in HIE and the Mass HIway, and offers enhanced features to help you search for providers and their Direct Addresses quickly and easily.

This webinar will discuss how you can leverage PD 2.0 to find new HIE trading partners and enhance care coordination, as well as how you can ensure the information for your organization is listed accurately in the Provider Directory. We will also provide updates on forthcoming and proposed changes to the Provider Directory per the DirectTrust. Lastly, we will explore the role of PD 2.0 with regard to regulatory requirements that providers may need to meet. 
Mass HIway PD 2.0 Webinar
Tuesday, June 8, 2021
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Medicaid PY2021
Program Year 2021 (PY2021) is the final year of the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program. The PY2021 deadline is
August 3, 2021. Per the HITECH Act, all Medicaid EHR Incentives must be paid by December 31, 2021. To be paid on time, applications must be validated and approved by mid-October.

To attest to PY2021, eligible professionals must select a 90-day MU Reporting Period that falls between January 1, 2021 and August 3, 2021. You can launch your PY2021 application even if your PY2020 application is not yet approved.

In this webinar, we will discuss the attestation timeline for PY2021 and exactly what is needed to meet MU requirements and successfully attest for PY2021.
Medicaid PY2021 Webinar
Wednesday, June 9, 2021
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Healthcare Provider Cybersecurity Monthly Call
Starting in June, MeHI and the MassCyberCenter will be launching a monthly healthcare cybersecurity call where representatives from the public and private sectors will provide a threat update and lead a discussion around cybersecurity best practices for provider organizations. 

Joining the call will be Ron Ford from the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. As the Cybersecurity Advisor for CISA's New England region, Ron brings the federal perspective and a deep familiarity of the specific cybersecurity challenges faced within our region.  
Healthcare Provider Cybersecurity Monthly Call
Thursday, June 10, 2021
10:00 am - 10:45 am
Caring for the Caregiver: June Session
Are you a family caregiver living in Massachusetts? Your support and care may include managing medications, getting to a doctor's appointment, or organizing finances. No matter where you are in your journey, caregiving may cause emotional, physical, and financial stress.

In partnership with the MA Executive Office of Elder Affairs, MassTech is proud to present this monthly webinar series designed for family caregivers. Each webinar will bring simple tips, practical solutions, and awareness of community resources to family caregivers throughout Massachusetts.
Caring for the Caregiver
Wednesday, June 23, 2021
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Innovations in Caregiving: Approaches to
Managing Care of
People with Dementia
As part of MeHI’s Innovations in Caregiving webinar series, the June discussion will feature speakers from the Alzheimer’s Association and Kinto, presenting data about the increasing prevalence of dementia, the demands this places on families and caregivers, and how Kinto’s solution is making a difference.
Innovations in Caregiving: Approaches to Managing Care of People with Dementia
Thursday, June 24, 2021
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Learning Collaborative
Sharing Sensitive Health Info Electronically
Join us on Monday, June 14th from 12:30pm - 3:00pm, as we explore the topic of sharing sensitive health information electronically. Dr. Hannah Galvin, Chief Medical Information Officer at Cambridge Health Alliance and leader of a national workgroup on data segmentation, will present her insights on this important topic. We will also revisit the documents and guides created at our 2016 Learning Collaborative, designed to help providers communicate the benefits of patient information-sharing to their behavioral health patients. We will gather input from participants on necessary revisions to some of those resources in light of new legislation and updated regulations. In addition, participants will have the opportunity to share challenges, success stories, and best practices with one another. These open discussions are the foundation of all our Learning Collaborative events.

For more information on this event or any of our Learning Collaboratives, please contact Lis Renczkowski at
Learning Collaborative:
Sharing Sensitive Health Information Electronically
Monday, June 14, 2021
12:30 pm - 3:00 pm