Practices need help optimizing health IT

Primary care practices require sustained, focused efforts to effectively incorporate health IT into their work to improve care, according to a case study of practices in the Colorado Beacon Consortium published at eGEMs. Researchers from the University of Colorado School of Medicine found practices need the support of quality improvement advisers to translate Meaningful Use objectives into practice-specific terms and tools; peer-to-peer connections and collaboration; and practice-specific tech support. In particular, practices needed help with health IT selection, training and local troubleshooting related to electronic medical record implementation and upgrades, as well as data elements. Read the full story from FierceHealthIT