Welcome to CRISP

As the regional health information exchange of Maryland, CRISP connects providers with technology to improve patient care and outcomes.

Our Mission

We will enable and support the healthcare community of Maryland and our region to appropriately and securely share data in order to facilitate care, reduce costs, and improve health outcomes.

Our Vision

To advance health and wellness by deploying health information technology solutions adopted through cooperation and collaboration.

Guiding Principles

Begin with a manageable scope and remain incremental
Create opportunities to cooperate even while participating healthcare organizations still compete in other ways
Affirm that competition and market-mechanisms spur innovation and improvement
Promote and enable consumers’ control over their own health information
Use best practices and standards
Serve our region’s entire healthcare community

CRISP Timeline

To advance health and wellness by deploying health information technology solutions adopted through cooperation and collaboration.

2006 – 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.

2008 – Making Progress

CRISP Partners with MHCC to plan an HIE for Maryland, in a process that engages dozens of healthcare stakeholders.

The MHCC provides a $250k grant, and the Erickson Foundation contributes another $250k to expand the work.

2009 – 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).

2010 – Getting Connected

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

2011 – Utilizing Services

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

2012 – New Services

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

2014 – Expanding CRISP

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

2015 – CRISP Reporting Expands

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

2016 – In Context Alerts

InContext Alerts go live (May), West Virginia’s WVHIN partners with CRISP (October), and CRISP DC is formed (December).

2017 – Comprehensive Medicare Data

CRISP launches a new reporting and analytics platform leveraging comprehensive, Maryland-wide Parts A, B, and D Medicare claim. The launch provides timely population-level data to all hospitals and patient-level data to state policymakers and hospitals participating in Maryland’s Care Redesign programs.

2018 – Essential Infrastructure

D.C. Medicaid claims data become available. A new open-source HIE stack is implemented. First county EMS is connected. CRISP begins responding to national network inquiries.

2019 – Operational Excellence

CRISP products designed to support the region are released as open-source; increased volumes of clinical data move through national network integrations.

2020 – Public Health

Real-time hospital utilization reports are launched. COVID-19 testing reports and notifications are introduced. Connecticut's Connie partners with CRISP.

2021 – Health Data Utility

Key infrastructure built to support the pandemic response is becoming part of long-term public health efforts. The Vaccine Tracking Service enables proactive patient outreach. Data feeds into CRISP are used for multiple purposes, as allowed, thereby reducing provider burden.