Who We Are

Founded in 2001, the Rhode Island Quality Institute’s (RIQI) mission is to significantly improve the quality, safety, and value of healthcare in Rhode Island.

Rhode Island Quality Institute LogoRhode Island Quality Institute (RIQI) is a center for collaborative innovation that advances health and care transformation. We believe that all of us working together are better than any one of us acting alone. RIQI’s initiatives align leading-edge healthcare improvement strategies with needs and opportunities in our community. As a catalyst for change, RIQI leverages deep expertise in health information exchange to enable provider interoperability, and in quality improvement science and quality data analytics to drive cutting-edge practice transformation. We believe that unique value is created by building strong partnerships with healthcare leaders, government and industry organizations, and community groups to accomplish goals that cannot be achieved independently. RIQI strives to facilitate improvements in health and healthcare in the state through initiatives that improve care coordination, reduce medical errors and waste, advance quality measurement, and engage consumers, patients, and families in their care.

History of RIQI

Founded in 2001, the Rhode Island Quality Institute’s (RIQI) mission is to significantly improve the quality, safety, and value of healthcare in Rhode Island.

2001

  • Rhode Island Attorney General Sheldon Whitehouse convenes a group of high-level executives from every constituency of healthcare with the goal of working together to transform the state’s healthcare system.

2002

  • RIQI is founded with grant support from the Rhode Island Foundation.
  • Shortly after its founding, RIQI and its partner Surescripts, launch the first pilot of end-to-end electronic prescribing in the nation. The successful pilot has now scaled to every state in the U.S.

2004

  • Through a partnership between RIQI and the RI Dept. of Health, RI becomes one of six states awarded $5M in federal funding to establish a statewide health information exchange (HIE).

2005

  • RIQI launches the RI ICU Collaborative in partnership with the Hospital Association of RI and Quality Partners of RI.

2006-07

  • RIQI wins official designation by the State of RI as the RI Statewide Regional Health Information Organization (RHIO) following a competitive bidding process.
  • Child Magazine ranks RI as the safest place in the nation to raise a child, citing the electronic prescribing initiative led by RIQI.

2008-10

  • Collaboration among the RI Dept. of Health (HEALTH), RIQI and community leaders, results in the design of the statewide HIE —including the governance, business and privacy and security infrastructure.
  • RIQI is the only organization in the nation to win all three major grants —Health Information Exchange (HIE), Regional Extension Center (REC), and Beacon Community —from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) totaling $27M.
  • HEALTH awards RIQI accountability for the technical build and ongoing operation of CurrentCare.
  • RI Regional Extension Center (RI REC) launched.

2011

  • With the technical infrastructure in place, data begins to flow into CurrentCare in early 2011.
  • By the Fall, the first clinical service, Hospital Alerts, is launched providing notifications of patient hospital and Emergency Department (ED) admissions and discharges to community-based providers.

2012

  • Providers begin accessing and using CurrentCare Viewer and the quality measurement and analytics infrastructure becomes operational.

2013

  • RI is the first in the nation to enable the flow of substance abuse and alcohol treatment protected health data into the HIE, winning the National Council for Community Behavioral Health’s Impact Award for Excellence.
  • Multi-stakeholder funding supplies $7M to operate and scale CurrentCare. RIQI’s official designation as RI’s RHIO is renewed.
  • 1 in 3 Rhode Islanders now enrolled in CurrentCare.

2014

  • First Continuity of Care Documents (CCDs) flow into CurrentCare from CVS Minute Clinics anywhere in the United States.
  • Collaboration with Providence Veterans Medical Affairs Medical Center launches the work to improve coordination of care for RI Veterans through CurrentCare.
  • RIQI named ‘Most Innovative Company–Healthcare’ by Providence Business News.

2015

  • CurrentCare connects with Epic at Lifespan and Care New England for bi-directional data exchange; Introduces provider Full Panel Alerts and dashboards to support population health management.
  • RIQI is awarded $8.3M Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative grant from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to help 1,500 primary care and specialist providers prepare for value-based payment programs.
  • RIQI is awarded $2.7M Sharing Health Information for Transitions in Care grant from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) to begin integrating long-term and post-acute care providers.
  • RIQI receives $500K grant from the Rhode Island Foundation to develop predictive analytics that support population health and high-risk patient management.
  • RIQI begins developing a dashboard for Thundermist Health Center that provides unprecedented, real time data for care coordination.

2016

  • Best Places to work RI 2016 WinnerRI Statewide Common Provider Directory launched, providing a “single source of truth” for provider information critical to state government, payers, consumers, providers, employers and others.
  • RIQI launches CurrentCare for Me – Milestone Achievement opening the HIE directly to patients who have enrolled in CurrentCare for their providers to use. CurrentCare for Me allows patients to see their information and have it available to themselves at their command.
  • RIQI is a key collaborating partner helping secure and execute the Warren Alpert Medical School’s $20M Clinical and Translational Research (IDeA-CTR) grant from the National Institutes of Health.
  • Named ‘Best Places to Work’ by Providence Business News.
  • RIQI launches Care Management Alerts and Dashboards to support population health for all patients.

2017

  • BPTW2017_Winner_LOGO_180.jpgNamed ‘Best Places to Work’ by Providence Business News.
  • First Skilled Nursing Facility Organization, Genesis Healthcare, sends Admit, Discharge, Transfer (ADTs) into CurrentCare, bridging the transparency gap of previously silo’ed care streams connecting Long Term and Post Acute Care organizations to the Health Information Exchange.

2018

  • CurrentCare for Me also adds the ability to assign access levels to your designees: Full Access or Alerts Only Access. Designee Alerts allow CurrentCare enrollees to add loved ones to a list of people who get notified when a patient is admitted to the hospital or skilled nursing facility.