Kentucky REC’s Dr. Barry Little Contributes to ONC Health IT Resources for Critical Access Hospitals and Small Rural Hospitals
ONC is launching the first in a series of web pages tailored to meet the Health IT needs of Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) and small, Rural Hospitals (RHs). This effort is in support of the ONC goal to see 1000 CAHs and RHs achieve Meaningful Use by the end of 2014. The pages are filled with resources, lessons from the field, Health IT implementation support tools and more. Federal funding opportunities for Health IT infrastructure (e.g., hardware, software, broadband) are also included on these pages.
“We’ve witnessed CAHs and small rural hospitals make great progress—As of February 2013, over 700 received a CMS Meaningful Use incentive payment. A key strategy for supporting CAHs and small, rural hospitals is convening the Rural Community of Practice. This tremendous group of leaders and experts from across the country is dedicated to identifying the most pressing barriers that rural safety-net hospitals face, developing tools and resources for overcoming these challenges and then hand-picking the best among these tools to make available on healthit.gov,” says Leila Samy, ONC’s Rural Health IT Coordinator.
Barry Little, MD, Physician Advisor & Informaticist for the Kentucky REC, serves on the nationwide leadership team developing the content for the first waves of Health IT content tailored to CAHs and RHs.
“Dr. Little is a true expert. He is dedicated to the needs of the Kentucky rural health care providers that he serves. Dr. Little is also a part of the leadership team collaborating to support CAHs and small, rural hospitals nationwide. He offer a vision that is grounded; he contributes a structured path forward for the task forces on which he serves, enabling them to craft a successful path forward and deliver ambitious results. He is among the select group of individuals from across the country who received a special award signed by the National Coordinator for Health IT, titled: Critical Access & Rural Hospital Champion. The award is in recognition of groundbreaking collaborative efforts with public and private sector partners to accelerate Meaningful Use among CAHs and RHs nationwide,” says Leila Samy.
To access these web pages, visit: http://www.healthit.gov/ruralhealth. Stay tuned more for updates.
We invite you to participate in the nationwide call to action in support of CAHs and rural hospitals by sharing comments and success stories. Follow this link to the challenge and then scroll to the bottom of the page to “Leave a Reply.”
Today HHS, CMS and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT announced an important healthcare milestone – more than 50% of eligible professionals nationwide are using EHRs meaningfully in their offices and more than 80% of U.S. hospitals are using EHRs.
To Kentucky’s Meaningful Users: Congratulations on your role in this important milestone. Better use of EHRs leads to more coordinated care, fewer medical errors, and lower costs to the system. It is an honor to act as your partner in achieving the different stages of meaningful use and using health IT as a springboard to the many initiatives that will be critical to the new healthcare landscape.
For additional information on this important milestone check this Health IT article.
It is our mission and long-term responsibility to transform health care delivery through the effective use of technology. It remains our goal to assist all of our eligible providers in our service area to adopt EHRs and achieve MU stage 1 by the end of this year. However, our clients have made it clear that our services are valued and needed beyond our initial federal funding period, which ends in April 2014.
To continue to be your trusted advisor, we must make the transition from a grant-funded organization to a self-sustaining one.
Therefore, Kentucky REC has launched a suite of comprehensive consulting and technical solutions designed to help providers optimize EHRs and meet stage 1 and 2 meaningful use requirements and beyond.
These services include:
- Meaningful Use Gap Analysis & Needs Assessment
- Meaningful Use Attestation
- Continuing Education
- MU Training Classes
- Preferred Vendor Programs
- Privacy & Security Consulting
- Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Consulting
With a proven methodology and a team dedicated to quality, we will continue to assist with the challenges all healthcare professionals face— understanding, and meeting, the complex requirements of MU.
In the upcoming months, we will be sending out additional information on our transition. Your Kentucky REC implementation specialist will be contacting you soon in order to set up a meeting to discuss our future partnership. Thank you again for all of your hard work and dedication and we look forward to continuing to serve you.
Kentucky REC would like to congratulate Angela Murphy of Norton Healthcare for her selection as a member of the Inaugural Health IT Fellow Class, part of the Health IT Vanguard Program.
The Health IT Fellows Program is a new initiative which connects provider & administrative champions from all over the nation who have leveraged Meaningful Use in their practice to improve care delivery.
Perhaps more importantly, the Fellows are taking up a Call To Action, being empowered to share their extraordinary insight with their peers, ONC, and the greater public.
Congratulations Angela on this well-deserved recognition!
Kentucky REC would like to introduce you to our newest team member, Sandi Knight.
Sandi comes to us from the Allscripts Professional EHR Implementation Team.
In her twelve years with Allscripts, seven years were spent implementing over 200 clients on Misys and Professional EHR. We are proud to add Sandi to our unique team of Health Information Technology experts.
Our Allscripts consulting services can help you maximize your investment through clinical and industry expertise and technical knowledge. We will work side-by-side with you to design solutions that meet your clinical and financial goals. We offer on-site and virtual visits for implementation, optimization and customization as well as education and training services to help you acquire, maintain and optimize the skills necessary for successful solution deployment.
To learn how we can help you and your practice use Allscripts Professional EHR more efficiently, please call Sandi Knight at (803) 414-7317 or e-mail her.