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Clinics - HIT
Learn how REACH for Minnesota and North Dakota can help you receive government funds tied to meaningful use of an EHR.
Regional extension centers will provide education and technical assistance to help providers select, implement, and achieve “meaningful use” of certified EHR technology, as well as the ability to exchange health information with other providers and agencies. Achieving this goal will enable primary care providers to become eligible for bonus payments for their Medicare / Medicaid patients. More>
Health Information Technology
Various federal and state mandates are requiring health care providers to have interoperable electronic health record (EHR) systems and to use e-prescribing. Stratis Health is helping providers meet these mandates—and most importantly, helping providers select and use HIT to improve the quality of care delivered and increase patient safety.
The goals for implementing HIT and EHR systems are directly linked to better patient care:
In 2005, Stratis Health began providing educational consultation, quality improvement resources, and other support to selected Minnesota adult primary care clinics in their successful adoption and integration of health information technology (HIT) and EHR systems. This work was conducted as part of the national Doctor's Office Quality - Information Technology (DOQ-IT) project, sponsored by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). DOQ-IT was designed to improve quality of care, patient safety, efficiency of services, and outcomes for patients with chronic illnesses through the implementation of HIT and EHR systems. Key project partners included the American Academy of Family Physicians, American Medical Association, and American College of Physicians. Stratis Health produced the DOQ-IT Toolkit to assist clinics in their efforts to adopt and implement HIT and EHR systems.
Consulting services and support
More than 100 Minnesota adult primary care clinics have used our EHR adoption and implementation services and support. This technical assistance stems from our work with the national DOQ-IT program. As part of the program, we led adult primary care clinics through a six-phase change management process, allowing them to take full advantage of all the tools in their EHR. Our DOQ-IT results include:
Health Information Technology Toolkit for Physician Offices
The Health Information Technology Toolkit for Physician Offices can be used for implementing a comprehensive HIT or EHR system, for acquiring individual applications, or for overhauling existing systems. While an overall organizational strategy is strongly recommended and supported through use of all the tools in the toolkit, each organization should construct its own timeline based on the applications, technology, and operational activities being undertaken.
For critical access and small hospitals a carefully constructed foundation and the right tools to plan and implement HIT can mean the difference between systems that are not well-used or even add administrative burden, and those that achieve value. The purpose of this toolkit for is to supply tools, tested in this environment, that will help you plan and make the right choices, as well as to avoid having to re-invent the wheel.
Much like a carpenter's toolbox, the HIT Toolkit supplies a variety of tools for use at different points in your HIT adoption. Each tool includes:
The Health Information Technology Toolkit for Physician Offices consists of seven stages categorized into three main sections. Descriptions of the individual tools are available on the Web pages for each section.
Section 1. Adopt: Assess - Plan - Select
Stratis Health developed the toolkit, tested in the physician office environment, using our extensive experience in helping providers adopt HIT, working with clinics on quality improvement and patient safety, and developing toolkits.
Electronic Health Record Landscape Assessment: Minnesota’s Primary Care Clinics
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