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Health Information Technology Update
January 21, 2011

The Department of Public Welfare will present the first in a series of webinars on Health Information Technology, Overview of the Pennsylvania Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program, on January 26 from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. The webinar will address federal and state rules, eligibility, and the application process. The role of the Regional Extension Centers will be discussed. The webinar is intended for physicians, providers in federally qualified health centers and rural health centers, and provider office staff. Speakers include Matt McGeorge, Office of Medical Assistance Programs, and Don Wilson and Anita Somplasky from Pennsylvania’s eastern and western Regional Extension Centers. Register by contacting RA-mahealthit@state.pa.us by January 21. Materials will be sent to registered participants.

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) webinar, Tips on Workflow Analysis during an EHR Implementation, on January 21 from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. will address workflow analysis topics specific to health centers and rural hospitals. Presenters will discuss how to perform a workflow analysis and key areas that should be examined. The presentation will highlight how workflow analysis may differ with the size of practice and may change as a result of electronic health record (EHR) implementation. The webinar is accessed at https://ohit.webex.com/ohit/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=995573861. The event number is 995-573-861 and the password is “portal.” Address questions to HRSA’s IT mailbox (healthit@hrsa.gov).

The PCPA Technology Conference for mental health, intellectual disability, and substance use disorder providers in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Ohio on March 16 – 17 at the Holiday Inn Harrisburg East offers opportunities to learn about technologies to improve effectiveness and efficiency of organizational operations. Information about workshops, speakers, networking opportunities, vendors, and more is available on the PCPA Technology Conference page. Register by February 11 for a significant discount.

The Agency for Heatlhcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Health IT Update on January 19 included information about an article from The Journal of the American Medical Association written by AHRQ Health IT grant recipient, Alex Krist, MD, that calls for the design of a patient-centered health information system that is more than a personal health record. He advocates for a system that provides access to individual health information, interprets data from multiple sources, and helps individuals to determine next steps. The article is available at http://jama.ama-assn.org/content/305/3/300.full.pdf+html.

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