November 3, 2011

Presented by:

  • Merle Cunningham, M.D., M.P.H., Visiting Associate Professor and Director of the Graduate Certificate Program in Community Health Center (CHC) Management in the Department of Health Services Management & Leadership, George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services.
  • Gil M. Muñoz, M.P.A., Chief Executive Officer of Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center (Cornelius, OR)
  • C. John Torontow, M.D., M.P.H., the Associate Medical Director for Medical Informatics at Piedmont Health Services, Inc., (North Carolina) and the lead provider at Piedmont’s Siler City Community Health Center.

Health information technology holds the promise of helping us to improve the quality and efficiency of care. This webinar will focus on our recent report “Results from the 2010-11 Readiness for Meaningful Use of HIT and Patient Centered Medical Home Recognition Survey (November 3, 2011).” Derived from a nationwide survey of health centers, the data provide unique insight into the status of electronic health record (EHR) and health information technology adoption among community health centers. Among the findings are that 69 percent of health centers have already adopted EHRs, with 45 percent of them being fully electronic at all sites. While survey findings show that adoption of HIT has been embraced as a health center priority, cost and staffing challenges remain to be addressed to support full implementation of HIT, clinical practice development, and recognition of health centers as medical home. The key report findings will be presented by Dr. Merle Cunningham, lead author of the chartbook . He will be joined by discussants Dr. John Torontow ( Piedmont Health Services, Inc., NC) and Mr. Gil M. Muñoz (Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center, OR) who will address the experiences of their health centers in achieving the adoption and meaningful use of HIT.

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