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Disaster Recovery: A Cautionary Tale of Two Patients

May 10, 2011 - Dayna McVeigh had never given electronic health records (EHRs) much thought, until she had to relocate her displaced parents after Hurricane Katrina. McVeigh witnessed firsthand the difference electronic health records make when rebuilding a life after a disaster. Health records are a person's most precious information and can, ultimately, save his or her life. McVeigh believes all health care providers should electronically safeguard those records, and possibly help other families recover more quickly from future disasters. Read more »

Missouri Health Connection Enters Technical Service Provider Negotiations

May 6, 2011 -- Missouri Health Connection, formerly known as the Missouri Health Information Organization (MHIO), Missouri's state-designated entity to oversee the development of a statewide health information exchange, announced after an extensive national bid process, the board's unanimous decision to enter into contract negotiations with Cerner Corporation as the technical service provider for the project. Read more »

$36 Million Federal Grant to Help Rural Organizations Achieve Meaningful Use

May 5, 2011 -- Rural organizations striving for meaningful use of electronic health records can now apply for support from a new $36 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The Rural Health Information Technology Network Development (RHITND) program will expand access to, coordinate and improve the quality of essential health care services, and enhance the delivery of health care in rural areas. Read more »

May 25th Free Health Information Technology Educational Summit & Vendor Fair

April 26, 2011 - If you're preparing for, or even thinking about, making the transition to electronic health records, attend the free, one-day health information technology educational summit and vendor fair hosted by Associated Purchasing Services. The event begins at 8:00 am at the Double Tree Hotel at Corporate Woods in Overland Park, Kansas, and features presentations, breakout sessions, and a vendor fair until 6:00 pm. Read more »

Video Highlights a Missouri Rural Health Clinic's Successful Path to EHRs

April 19, 2011 - A few years ago, the Kneibert Clinic in Poplar Bluff, Missouri had staff working 24-hours a day, five days a week just to maintain and update thousands of paper health records. Tom Warner, assistant administrator at the Kneibert Clinic ushers a camera crew through the clinic to show how the adoption of electronic health records (EHRs) has transformed their clinic today into a much more efficient and productive operation. Read more »

The Practice Manager's Role in a Successful EHR Transition Webinar/Audio Conference April 28

April 14, 2011 - Practice managers perform a vital role in the smooth and efficient operation of any practice. When a practice is ready to make the switch to an electronic health record (EHR), the support and guidance of that practice manager is invaluable. The transition will be much easier, productive, and successful if the practice manager is involved in every step of the process, from the selection of an EHR, to the planning, implementation, and meaningful use of that technology. Read more »

Missouri's Medicaid EHR Incentive Program Registration Starts April 4

March 31, 2011 – On April 4, eligible professionals and hospitals will be able to register with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for Missouri's Medicaid EHR Incentive Program https://ehrincentives.cms.gov/hitech/login.action. Read more »

Vetted EHR Vendors

Choosing an Electronic Health Record (EHR) can be a time consuming task, due to the number of technology vendors and the complexity of the products. To help its participants, the MO HIT Assistance Center has researched, screened, and evaluated multiple EHR technologies, resulting in the selection of 12 EHR vendors whose products have met the MO HIT Assistance Center minimum requirements.

The screening process included the following steps: Read more »

MO HIT Assistance Center's EHR Education Week March 28-April 1

March 24, 2011 - During the week of March 28-April 1, Missouri health care providers will have a number of great opportunities to learn about Electronic Health Records (EHRs), EHR incentives and how the Missouri Health Information Technology Assistance Center supports their transition to becoming meaningful users of that technology. We encourage health care professionals to make plans to participate in these upcoming educational sessions. Read more »

Q & A: Putting the Meaning in Meaningful Use (Webinar, Mar 10, 2011)

1. Menu Set, Measure, Public Health. If we are a specialty office that does not provide immunizations or report data to public health agencies, are we excluded from both of those public health Menu Set Measures?

Response: To determine if you are excluded from any of the meaningful use objectives, you must look at the specific exclusions written for each. The public health measures state the following exclusions: Read more »

EHR Success Stories

The devastating tornado that swept through Joplin, Missouri on May 22 completely destroyed a number of physician offices, including that of Tracy Godfrey, MD, a Family Practitioner with the Family Health Center of Joplin. But thanks to electronic health records, Godfrey had access to all of her patients' information, and in less than three days after the catastrophe, the practice was able to reopen its doors at a temporary location. More EHR Success Stories