HomeTown Health & GA-HITREC present Georgia Rural Health IT Forum in Macon

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HomeTown Health & GA-HITREC respond to urgent need for hospitals to comply with electronic health records.

Georgia Health IT Resource Center

www.ga-hitrec.org

We are committed to ensuring that all fifty-six of our hospital members achieve all three stages of meaningful use before the CMS deadline in 2015.

HomeTown Health is responding to the urgent need for rural hospitals and their medical communities to comply with the federal requirement to Adopt, Implement and Meaningfully Use an Electronic Health Record by partnering with the Georgia HIT Regional Extension Center to hold the first Georgia Rural Health IT Forum in Macon, Georgia on Thursday, January 26th at the Macon Marriott Center. More than 75 Georgia hospital CIO’s and HIT Directors will gather in Macon to share their Meaningful Use stories and to hear from top Health IT leaders across Georgia including Dr Denise Hines and Kim Bell the new Executive Director of the Georgia HITREC, Kelly Gonzalez, Georgia’s State HIT Coordinator, Michelle Madison, Healthcare IT Attorney with Morris, Manning & Martin, Ed Brown, CIO, Gwinnett Medical Center; Dee Cantrell, RN and CIO, Emory Healthcare, Jimmy Lewis, CEO of HomeTown Health, Paula Guy, Executive Director of Georgia Partnership for Telehealth and HIT leaders from around the state.

The Georgia HIT Regional Extension Center and its Education and Outreach partner, HomeTown Health were recognized at a recent meeting of the Office of National Coordinator in Washington, DC for having 10 rural hospitals attest to Stage I Meaningful Use, with more to attest soon. Health Information Technology has been a priority for HomeTown Health since the ARRA/HITECH ACT was passed in 2009 and HomeTown Health CEO Jimmy Lewis commented, “We are committed to ensuring that all fifty-six of our hospital members achieve all three stages of meaningful use before the CMS deadline in 2015, because those who are not in compliance will be penalized through reductions to their reimbursement and that just cannot happen.”

The agenda for this groundbreaking healthcare event includes the following topics relevant to rural hospitals and providers:

1.    GA HIT Regional Extension Center: Where We Are, The Next 3 Years, Sustainability
2.    Overcoming Challenges from Hospital Leadership Perspective
3.    Integrating Your Provider Community: Preparing for Stage 2 and Stage 3 of Meaningful Use
4.    Georgia Department of Community Health & Georgia Health Information Exchange
5.    Georgia Telehealth – Leading the Nation
6.    HIPAA /HITECH Compliance Update
7.    Clinical HIT Leadership -Essential Elements for Success
8.    Support Services for IT Success

The Georgia Health Information Technology Regional Extension Center (GA-HITREC) is a federally funded program, at the National Center for Primary Care, designed to assist Georgia’s providers with the selection, successful implementation, and meaningful use of certified EHR systems to improve clinical outcomes and quality of care provided to their patients.

The National Center for Primary Care at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta was awarded an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Grant to oversee the HIT Regional Extension Center. The GA-HITREC serves as one of 60 centers nationally to support providers and CAH and rural hospitals in becoming meaningful users of EHR by offering education, outreach, and technical assistance services. HomeTown Health is the partner providing education and outreach services to Critical Access and Rural hospitals in Georgia.

Morehouse School of Medicine GA-HITREC’s mission is to use a community-oriented approach to assist Georgia’s providers with the selection, successful implementation, and meaningful use of certified EHR systems to improve clinical outcomes and quality of care provided to their patients. Our vision is to work collaboratively with valued partners to assure the adoption of certified EHR technology to improve the quality of health for the community while eliminating the disparate gap of healthcare throughout Georgia.

GA-HITREC Goals and Service Objectives:

  • To use a community-oriented approach to provide outreach and education to facilitate the adoption and meaningful use of EHR.
  • To work collaboratively with statewide partners across the 18 public health districts of Georgia to develop and implement programs to meet MSM GA-HITREC objectives.
  • To select HIT products that meet provider’s needs and helps them to meet patient-centered medical home standards.
  • To provide equitable group purchasing agreements for Georgia’s priority primary care.
  • To build up competent technical teams to obtain meaningful use of EHR throughout the state and grow Georgia’s HIT workforce.
  • To work collaboratively with State HIE (GA DCH) to meet all meaningful use criteria.
  • To provide excellent quality service to our customers in order to build a national reputation as a reliable HIT resource for providers.
  • Assistance with health information exchange and connectivity to other healthcare organization

HomeTown Health, LLC is an organization of rural and small hospitals, located throughout the state of Georgia, who collectively pursue ways to help these hospitals survive in this environment of tremendous change and budget cuts from the state and federal level. What began as a handful of community hospitals eleven years ago, has now grown into an organization of 56 hospital members and over 55 business partners.

Visit http://www.hometownhealthonline.com for more information.

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