How can I access the services of the Missouri Health Information Technology Assistance Center?
If you have any questions, please contact us at 1-573-882-6178.
What is the Missouri Health Information Technology Assistance Center?
The Missouri Health Information Technology (MO HIT) Assistance Center is a collaboration of several organizations. The Assistance Center is headquartered at the University of Missouri - Columbia, through the Department of Health Management and Informatics and the Center for Health Policy. Additional collaborators include:
- Missouri Telehealth Network
- Missouri Primary Care Association
- EHR Pathway/BizMed
- Hospital Industry Data Institute
What are the Health Information Technology Regional Extension Centers?
Health Information Technology Regional Extension Centers (HITRECs) have been established in each state to assist health care providers with implementing electronic health records and achieving the meaningful use standard required to qualify for federal incentive and reimbursement payments. The MO HIT Assistance Center is the HITREC for Missouri.
The purpose of the Regional Extension Centers is to provide education, outreach, and technical assistance to health care providers in each region to assist them in selecting, successfully implementing, and meaningfully using certified electronic health records.
How will electronic health records benefit providers and patients?
Electronic health records and statewide health information exchange will save money for both providers and patients by improving the efficiency and quality of health care. Patients and providers will spend less time filling out redundant paperwork that slows down process, adds costs, and introduces greater chances of error. Common issues, such as duplicate tests, misread prescriptions, and time wasted waiting for records to be transferred from one health care provider to the next, will be reduced dramatically.
Additionally, better decision-making by health care providers at the front end, based on complete, accurate, and timely patient information, can reduce the need for more - and increasingly expensive - health care in the future. Research will be enhanced by electronic health records' ability to facilitate the collection of standardized data to evaluate promising medical techniques, devices, and drugs.
Preventable medical errors may also be reduced.
How will health information exchange work?
When all parts of the health care system use standardized electronic health records, it will be possible for doctors, hospitals, clinics, insurance companies, and pharmacies to have the information they need at the time and place they need it to provide the best treatment possible.
Electronic health records connected through the statewide health information exchange would allow a doctor in one part of the state to share or retrieve a patient's health information from a health care provider in another part of the state instantly and accurately, to ensure timely and informed delivery of care.
What services does the MO HIT Assistance Center provide?
An overview of the services includes, but is not limited to:
- Resources for all aspects of health information technology adoption
- Practice assessments
- Vendor selection
- Purchase facilitation
- Electronic health record implementation
- Workflow redesign
- Privacy issues
Will providers who have implemented an electronic health record system be eligible for assistance from the MO HIT Assistance Center?
The MO HIT Assistance Center will assist providers with or without electronic health records. Technical assistance services will be available to providers at all stages of the electronic health record adoption process. Services will be adapted to meet the specific needs of the practice, regardless of where you are in the process.