Please note that this situation is evolving rapidly. Some of the sites below have some older articles, and while they may still offer useful guidance, some information may be outdated.
- Incentive Programs Available in Oregon
- A Message on Meaningful Use from the National Coordinator for HIT
- Links and Resources
The Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology has information on grant opportunities and incentive programs around the state and nationwide, including a frequently-updated incentive index. The site also features a physician’s guide to CCHIT certification. Visit http://ehrdecisions.com/incentive-programs/oregon/.
For a summary of HIT provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, see www.theOMA.org/arra.
In his October 1 letter on meaningful use, David Blumenthal, MD, MPP, the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, discusses the process of defining "meaningful use" of electronic health records for the purpose of receiving Medicare and Medicaid incentive payments under the HITECH Act. CMS is expected to publish the final definition by December 31, 2009, at which point the public will have an opportunity to comment on the definition. The message includes links to the latest recommendations to the HIT Policy Committee and further information related to the definition process.
O-HITEC - The Oregon Health Information Technology Extension Center furnishes assistance, through education, outreach, and technical assistance, to help health care providers in their geographic service areas select, successfully implement, and meaningfully use certified EHR technology to improve the quality and value of health care in the state of Oregon. Contact O-HITEC at (503) 943-2617 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
emrupdate.com is an excellent source of public information and updates on EMR and EHR. Find news, forums, links, resources and more. Click the “getting started” link at the top of the page for articles and tips on selecting and implementing an EHR or EMR system.
ehrCentral at The Provider’s Edge has a massive collection of EHR articles available to the public and a bibliography of other recommended reading. The site also has FAQs, news and links to other valuable resources.
EHR Decisions from the Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology provides information and news about EHR implementation and CCHIT certification. The site also offers an index of state and national incentive programs.
MGMA has articles on EHR implementation and incentive programs. They also sell books and provide professional development opportunities for those interested in learning more about EHR. Most of their content is for MGMA members only, but some resources are available to the public, including a buyer’s guide listing several EHR/EMR vendors.
HIMSS offers tools and articles on a number of EHR topics, including case studies illustrating challenges, successes, and various factors that affect EHR implementation. Some of this content is for HIMSS members only, but most is available to the public.
emr.boomja.com is a collection of links to EHR/EMR resources and organizations. Find advice and tools from experts as well as information about software options and EHR/EMR vendors.