Taconic IPA (TIPA) is a New York state not-for-profit corporation founded in 1989 with the mission to provide the premier health care delivery network in the greater Hudson Valley. Beginning in 2000, TIPA expanded its focus to include continuous quality improvement and practice transformation initiatives to improve the quality of care delivered by its members.
As part of this initiative, in 2001 TIPA created MedAllies, a health information technology vendor, to offer electronic health records implementation support to physician practices and operate a health information exchange (HIE) in the Hudson Valley. Over the next several years, TIPA developed and formalized a research partnership with Weill Cornell Medical College to evaluate its quality improvement efforts.
In 2005, TIPA was instrumental in the creation of the Taconic Health Information Network and Community (THINC), a vendor- and payer-neutral community convening authority to improve communication of health information and advance health care quality.
The Hudson Valley Initiative arose organically in 2010 from ideas generated by actively engaged health care leaders from TIPA, THINC and MedAllies. The founding companies of the Hudson Valley Initiative work collaboratively to not only introduce greater health care quality in the community, but also to support physicians as they transform their practices, engage insurance plans to support innovation, and evaluate the effectiveness of new care models through research. TIPA’s influence among providers infuses a culture and technical expertise to support practice transformation and improve the quality of care for the community.