Dick Thompson is the Executive Director and CEO of Quality Health Network (QHN), a non-profit community collaborative. Funded and founded by local stakeholders to facilitate improvements in care quality and costs, QHN will celebrate its 12th anniversary in August of 2016. QHN’s HIE network became operational in less than eight months and attained positive cash flow from member subscriptions within two years of startup.
QHN collects and distributes data to and from 300 disparate organizations representing more than 1,100 licensed providers. There are 3,500 network users in the 40,000 square miles comprising QHN’s western Colorado service area.
Utilizing a multi-vendor infrastructure, QHN’s platform integrates patient identification, data collection and delivery systems, data warehousing, risk stratification and predictive modeling analytics. QHN also provides care coordination, care management, provider alerts, and other real-time decision support systems for its stakeholders.
Nationally recognized and featured by many industry publications, QHN prides itself on creating new collaborative opportunities to improve healthcare delivery and payment systems. As a member of the Colorado Beacon Consortium, QHN received one of the 2013 Healthcare Informatics Innovator Awards in recognition of their innovations in leveraging technology to improve the quality of healthcare delivery.
In addition to his duties at QHN, Dick serves as the Chair of Colorado’s Center for Improving Value in Healthcare (CIVHC) the Colorado all payer claims database, is a member of BC3 (Better Care, Better Costs, Better Colorado) Steering Committee, and Board Chair of the Strategic Heath Information Exchange Collaborative (SHIEC), a national trade association for community and regional HIEs.