CHICAGO & VERNON HILLS, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- CDW Healthcare, a leading provider of technology solutions for healthcare, and HIMSS, the largest U.S., cause-based, not-for-profit healthcare association focused on the best use of health IT for improving healthcare, today outlined a program to aid physician practice professionals driving for Stage One Meaningful Use reimbursements. CDW Healthcare and HIMSS also underscored the need for practices to understand the business value of EHRs beyond just the reimbursement activity.
With money on the table starting in 2011 and penalties scheduled to apply in 2015, physician practices have a stake in understanding the patient care, as well as the business and technology components of electronic health records (EHRs). As the year-one adopters will drive the creation of EHR best practices, CDW Healthcare and HIMSS are conducting a series of educational sessions intended to help these physician practices generate approaches that smooth the transition to EHR and qualify for Meaningful Use. Each of the eight sessions will feature an expert speaker from HIMSS to discuss meaningful use, and will also highlight a physician who has already adopted and can speak to the real-life experience of transitioning to an electronic environment.
“Our goal is to provide attendees with practical Meaningful Use knowledge that they can take back and immediately apply to their health care practices,” said Mary P. Griskewicz, senior director, Ambulatory Information Systems, HIMSS and speaker at these events. “The programs’ peer- and expert-based content will provide attendees with a knowledgeable, unbiased venue for identifying and addressing the toughest issues in year-one adoption.”
In the last year, CDW Healthcare conducted extensive research among physician practices and patients to enhance its foundation for best-practice development. A nationwide survey of 200 physician practices, CDW Healthcare’s Physician Practice EHR Price Tag, revealed in-depth data about what practices can do to minimize costs, manage workflow transition and accelerate effective adoption. CDW Healthcare’s EHR and IT Security Report: Elevated Heart Rates gathered physician trust and EHR privacy preferences from 1,000 patients who had recently been to a doctors’ office and hospital/outpatient facility, directly delivering keen customer insight.
“In year one EHR Meaningful Use adopters are leading a complex and critical change in modern healthcare – a fundamental business transformation that includes IT in addition to thorough training, workflow adjustment and management changes,” said Bob Rossi, vice president of CDW Healthcare. “The CDW Healthcare and HIMSS series will enable these leaders to connect with one another, secure expert advice and collaboratively overcome the defining challenges of meaningfully using an EHR.”
The event series kicked off in Atlanta in April, and the series will continue in Seattle on August 31 and Indianapolis on September 27. Events will be continually added to the calendar throughout the fall, with the events concluding in December. For more information on the programs, please visit www.himss.org/cdwevents, email [email protected] or call 312-664-4467.
About CDW Healthcare
CDW Healthcare is a leading provider of technology solutions focused exclusively on serving the healthcare marketplace. Working closely with more than 15,000 healthcare organizations nationwide, its customers range from small rural providers to large integrated delivery networks. The dedicated healthcare team leverages the expertise of CDW solution architects to deliver best-in-class solutions from data center infrastructure through to point of patient care. The company’s solution architects offer expertise in designing customized solutions, while its advanced technology engineers assist customers with the implementation and long-term management of those solutions. Areas of focus include software, network communications, notebooks/mobile devices, data storage, video monitors, desktops, and printers and solutions such as virtualization, collaboration, security, mobility, data center optimization and cloud computing.
CDW is ranked No. 38 on Forbes’ list of America’s Largest Private Companies.
HIMSS is a cause-based, not-for-profit organization exclusively focused on providing global leadership for the optimal use of information technology (IT) and management systems for the betterment of healthcare. Founded 50 years ago, HIMSS and its related organizations have offices in Chicago, Washington, DC, Brussels, Singapore, Leipzig, and other locations across the United States. HIMSS represents more than 35,000 individual members, of which more than two thirds work in healthcare provider, governmental and not-for-profit organizations. HIMSS also includes over 520 corporate members and more than 120 not-for-profit organizations that share our mission of transforming healthcare through the effective use of information technology and management systems. HIMSS frames and leads healthcare practices and public policy through its content expertise, professional development, and research initiatives designed to promote information and management systems’ contributions to improving the quality, safety, access, and cost-effectiveness of patient care. To learn more about HIMSS and to find out how to join us and our members in advancing our cause, please visit our website at www.himss.org.
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