Understanding CRISP

Understanding CRISP

CRISP (Chesapeake Regional Information System for our Patients) is a regional health information exchange (HIE) serving Maryland and the District of Columbia. We are a non-profit organization advised by a wide range of stakeholders who are responsible for healthcare throughout the region. CRISP has been formally designated as Maryland's statewide health information exchange by the Maryland Health Care Commission.

Health information exchange allows clinical information to move electronically among disparate health information systems. The goal of the HIE is to deliver the right health information to the right place at the right time - providing safer, timelier, efficient, effective, equitable, patient centered care. In doing so, CRISP offers a suite of tools aimed at improving the facilitation of care for our region's providers.


CRISP Timeline

First Steps

CRISP begins at a Spring meeting between John Erickson and the CIOs of Maryland’s three largest hospital systems, asking how to make medical records for seniors available when they visit the hospital.
Erikson Retirement Communities funds a part time staff position to work on a pilot project

Making Progress

CRISP Partners with MHCC to plan an HIE for Maryland, in a process which engages dozens of healthcare stakeholders.
The MHCC provides a $250k grant, and the Erickson Foundation contributes another $250k to expand the work

Major Achievement

CRISP finishes incorporation as a non-profit corporation, is named Maryland’s designated statewide HIE (July), is awarded a $10M HSCRC grant (August), and hires staff (September)

Getting Connected

CRISP connects first provider organizations (September) and wins $6M REC grant

Utilizing Services

Clinicians begin using the Query Portal (February) and every Maryland hospital is connected (December)

New Services

CRISP turns on ENS service (August) and Board is expanded (December)

CRISP Reporting

CRISP begins sending CRS reports (January), goes live with the MHBE Provider Directory (September), connects the first District of Columbia Hospital (November) and turns on PDMP service with MDH (December)

Expanding CRISP

Health plans begin accessing records through a special CRISP portal (March), and CRISP begins routing CCDAs at hospital discharge (June)

CRISP Reporting Expands

CRS monthly hospital reports grow from 2 to 17. Tableau reporting tool is turned on (March) HSCRC funds the ICN project for infrastructure to support care management (August)