DASH Grant Kick-Off Meeting with Penquis and HealthInfoNet 

Taylor Kinzler

Data across sectors for health, or DASH, is one of ten projects nationally that was selected to receive a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Its goal is to improve outcomes for Maine patients suffering from chronic diseases while reducing hospital admissions.

The kick off meeting took place at Penquis.

Penquis staff, and representatives from HealthInfoNet, were there to talk about improving patient care.

Organizers say this is one of the first times they’re bringing both clinical and social data together to help the community.

“Typically we think about healthcare as when a person shows up at the hospital but really we want to prevent people from going to the hospital we want to prevent people from getting sick,” said Shaun Alfreds, COO of HealthInfoNet. “So having this relationship with the agencies that are providing social services with the medical sector are going to help us in the long term.”

“This can really make a difference in how we are better able not only to fund the programs that we have but make sure that we’re able to reach people with the right service at the right time,” said Cheryl Peavy, Director of Strategic Reform at DHHS.

The grant totaled more than $200,000.

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