June 20, 2024
USVI’s First Digital Safety Well being Data Change Environmental Scan Launched
Human Services Commissioner Kimberley Causey-Gomez prepares for a news briefing at Government House. (Source photo by Don Buchanan)
Division of Human Providers Commissioner Kimberley Causey-Gomez (Supply photograph by Don Buchanan)

The Division of Human Providers (DHS) has introduced that the first-ever Digital Safety Well being Data Change Environmental Scan (USVI eScan 2023) has been accomplished and is accessible to the general public.

Over the past a number of months, DHS contracted with Neighborhood Well being IT Inc. (CommHIT) and performed the first-ever Well being Data Change eScan. This information will assist present native health-related entities and establishments, real-time entry to necessary affected person info, and establish the digital sources and belongings wanted to additional strengthen the territory’s HIE.

The USVI eScan 2023 paperwork the care coordination wants of not simply VI Medicaid members. It additionally captures the healthcare supply and digital safety ecosystem of healthcare suppliers, health-related IT professionals,

well being executives, authorities companies, and different stakeholder organizations that serve VI Medicaid. It supplies suggestions to make sure success because the USVI stands up its HIE.

The 312-page USVI eScan 2023 is accessible in its entirety for viewing at:


The USVI eScan 2023 was a means of surveys, info gathering, and assessments that create a transparent image of well being supplier and institutional readiness, in addition to infrastructure wants, to electronically join medical suppliers safely, securely, and efficiently to at least one one other, to sufferers, and to nationwide databases by way of the HIE.

The USVI eScan 2023 supplies a snapshot of the present panorama, needs, and priorities of a number of key teams within the Medicaid Beneficiary ecosystem. CommHIT captured this “snapshot” by utilizing approaches that embody:

 Quantitative surveys of Medicaid suppliers, info know-how (IT) professionals, and Well being-related executives

 Qualitative interviews and focus teams of USVI hospital, federally-qualified well being heart, and Well being Division Clinic personnel

The USVI eScan 2023 was a collaborative effort with the Division of Human Providers Medicaid Program.

Medicaid Director, Gary A. Smith oversaw this complicated undertaking from begin to end with the assist of his senior management to make sure its success.

In a press release, V.I. Division of Human Service Commissioner Kimberley Causey-Gomez stated, “The USVI eScan 2023 is offering the territory, the data it must create a strong and safe Well being Data Change, or HIE, for brief.” “When full, the HIE will enable well being info to be collected, analyzed and shared, to strengthen coordinated care and decrease prices, whereas additionally bettering affected person security and outcomes,” Gomez stated.

CommHIT is a 501(c)(6) on the Kennedy House Middle that works with authorities entities, well being programs, and security web medical amenities to pave a approach ahead for well being info know-how (HIT) use these advantages well being organizations and their sufferers. On the Kennedy House Middle, CommHIT is an integral a part of a cluster of cybersecurity organizations that protects and displays the digital safety of key enterprise sector entities and important infrastructure.

CommHIT’s specialty within the digital safety and well being know-how area is info sharing, federal coverage improvement, and workforce improvement—notably for entities that handle the well being and transportation of susceptible teams and the general public at giant.

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