History

HealthInfoNet began as a project called the Maine Health Information Network Technology (MHINT) in 2004. Four groups, including the Maine Health Access Foundation, the Maine Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Maine Quality Forum and the Maine Health Information Center, came together to determine if Maine was ready to develop a single patient health record across competing healthcare organizations. The study found strong support amongst health care providers and other stakeholders.

In 2005, a wide range of stakeholders representing providers, consumers, businesses, payers and government were brought together to create the organization that would operate Maine’s health information exchange. The group went through an extensive planning and development process to design the structure of the organization and recruit an executive director. In early 2006, MHINT was renamed HealthInfoNet and incorporated as an independent nonprofit organization. Devore Culver, former CIO at Eastern Maine Health Systems was hired as HealthInfoNet’s first Executive Director and CEO. He remains in this position today.

After two years of development, HealthInfoNet began a two-year demonstration project connecting 15 Maine hospitals and one multi-site primary care practice. Participants included Central Maine Healthcare, Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems, Franklin Memorial Hospital, MaineGeneral Health, MaineHealth and Martin’s Point Health Care. One year into the demonstration project, a number of grants were awarded from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology to support HealthInfoNet’s growth and development. In 2010, HealthInfoNet was identified as the State’s designated statewide health information exchange, the demonstration project completed and the organization started to expand the HIE statewide.

In 2011, legislation passed to include behavioral health and HIV data in HIE with patient consent. The organization worked with a number of stakeholders over the following two years to develop the technical and educational tools needed to implement this legislation. The first behavioral health organizations were connected to the HIE on a view-only basis in 2013.

Also in 2013, HealthInfoNet began to offer several value added services including medical event notifications and reporting and analytics. HealthInfoNet also adopted the Blue Button strategy for patient access to the HIE from within provider patient portals. Two important grants were awarded in 2013. The State Innovations Model Testing Grant awarded to State of Maine, included HealthInfoNet as one of three primary sub-contractor partners. Also the State of Maine was awarded a grant from the US Health Resources and Services Administration to connect Maine’s Veterans Administration facilities to the HIE.

Download a bulleted list of HealthInfoNet’s most important milestones by year.