Sunday, November 29, 2009


After submitting an application to the Maryland Health Care Commission, the state’s “Chesapeake Regional Information System for our Patients” (CRISP) was selected to implement and operate a statewide HIE. In August 2009, CRISP received $10 million in start up funding through the Health Services Cost Review Commission to be used over the next two to five years to build the HIE. As a result in November, CRISP issued a Request for Proposals looking for vendors to help implement and operate their statewide Health Information Exchange (HIE).

CRISP is a not-for-profit membership corporation whose organizational members are Erickson Retirement Communities, Johns Hopkins Medicine, MedStar Health, and the University of Maryland Medical System.

This RFP is currently soliciting bidders to provide health information exchange core infrastructure solutions for the state. The HIE system resulting from this RFP will use a hybrid technology approach, allow consumers to have access to and control over their health information, enable a HIE to be built that is consistent with emerging national technology standards, develop a financially sustainable HIE, and enable the HIE to focus on the medically underserved.

To pursue their objective to develop the HIE, CRISP set up a three stage technology procurement process that included an RFP for Medication History and ePrescribing an award that is pending, and a RFP for a Master Patient Index that is currently being reviewed. Both of these previous RFPs required that the resulting technologies have the ability to be integrated into the current RFP that is soliciting bidders for the HIE Core Infrastructure project.

The RFP is due on December 16th. For more information and to download the RFP, go to For questions, email