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DHS Medicaid Division Launches Digital Security Environmental Scan to Promote Health Information Exchange

Human Services Commissioner Kimberley Causey-Gomez prepares for a news briefing at Government House. (Source photo by Don Buchanan)
Human Services Commissioner Kimberley Causey-Gomez (Source photo by Don Buchanan)

The U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Human Services (DHS) Medicaid Program in coordination with the Office of Health Information Technology (HIE), which is housed in the Office of the Governor, will hold a ‘Creating Connections’ event that will focus on the environmental scan process as a foundational USVI Health Information Technology initiative.

All healthcare providers are invited to attend “Creating Connections: USVI HIE Event for Medical Providers and Healthcare Leaders” from noon to 3 p.m., Friday, Nov. 19, in the Ritz-Carlton Ballroom on St. Thomas and will also be available virtually through a livestream platform.

This event is intended to bring together members of the medical provider community to:

  • Gain critical information regarding on-going health information technology projects
  • Meet key leaders championing these projects from the Virgin Islands Department of Human Services’ Medicaid Program office and Office of the Governor
  • Provide details and answer questions on the scan, the surveys and the results and plan that will follow https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_eDZZIuzQSseJUSCuYYtMcg.

Seating is limited; food and beverages will be included. The event will also be livestreamed so that providers across the territory who want to participate in real-time but can’t get to the venue still can attend.

Link to Livestream: To join the livestream, a person must pre-register at: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_eDZZIuzQSseJUSCuYYtMcg.

To RSVP for the in-person event or to learn more, get in touch with islandanalytics.vi@gmail.com. A recording of the event will also be made available for those unable to attend.

The Environmental Scan is a foundational step in the development of any Health Information Technology (HIE) and for Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ HIE certification. It provides a clear understanding of the gaps, needs and areas of vulnerable connections in the USVI healthcare system (physicians, offices, clinics, hospitals, relevant government agencies).

Human Services has contracted with CommunityHealth IT (CommHIT) to conduct the first-ever Health Information Technology Digital Security Environmental Scan (Environmental Scan) of USVI health-related entities to inform the development of the HIE.

Commissioner Kimberley Causey-Gomez said, “We truly believe that a collaborative systems approach to healthcare in the Virgin Islands is crucial to serving the diverse needs of our community. Our most vulnerable rely on us to provide a voice for them. We are thankful to the Bryan/Roach Administration for their vision and outstanding support, as well as our public and private sector.”

The Virgin Islands Department of Human Services exists to provide social services to members in our community with diverse needs. In times of national uncertainty and hardship we act as a safety net and exist to inspire hope and empower change through non-judgmental, quality delivery of needed services and resources.

Please visit the Department of Human Services website at www.dhs.gov.vi for more information.

For more information on COVID-19, visit www.covid19usvi.com or text COVID19USVI to 888777. To report a suspected COVID-19 case, call 712-6299 or 776-1519.

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