Helping Physicians Address Challenges and Benefits of Health Information Technology

 

Health Information Technology (HIT) is a critical tool in the efficient delivery of healthcare and to improve overall health outcomes. It is also now a mandate under current healthcare reform legislation.

 

The Physicians Foundation is committed to providing health information technology resources, education and programs in order to help physicians address the challenges and benefits of implementing electronic health records (EHR) and other information technology systems in their practices.

 

Providing Resources to Support All Aspects of Electronic Health Records

 

The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act created an urgent need for physicians and healthcare providers to better understand all aspects of electronic health records adoption – from its impact on patient care and experiences, to fiscal and operational implications. Given the legislative and market need to adopt these systems, the Foundation seeks to serve as a pragmatic resource in guiding private practice physicians through their own transformation.

We have awarded several grants designed to identify best practices that will help guide physicians in adopting and implementing health information technology to provide economic and clinical health improvements to their practices.

Health IT

Dr. Walker Ray, President of the Foundation, and Tim Norbeck, CEO of the Foundation, discuss the burden and cost associated with quality metrics tracking on the Physicians Foundation Forbes channel.

Every two years, the Physicians Foundation conducts a national survey of physicians to provide policy makers, healthcare influencers, media and other stakeholders insights into the state of the medical profession and the most pressing challenges facing the U.S. healthcare system.  The 2014 survey polled more than 20,000 physicians on a range of issues, including professional morale, doctor shortages, Medicare / Medicaid...

Over the past year, Dr. Andrew Schwarz has been engaged in studying physicians and EMR adoption in the state of Louisiana. Louisiana State Medical Society Educational and Research Foundation will now take this study nationally to examine the following: factors that discriminate between non-adopters and adopters; presence of specific regional drivers (or inhibitors) of EMR adoption; and patterns of adopters...

The project is based on a recent survey of rural physicians conducted by the Kentucky Medical Association, which revealed that the primary concerns around electronic medical record (EMR) adoption are related to the lack of interoperability between rural practices and hospitals and the inability to report quality of care data. Through this project, a toolkit will be developed that contains...

This project is to develop and disseminate a toolkit specifically designed to assist physicians with achievement of meaningful use of certified electronic health record systems. It builds upon past work and experiences including a previous Physicians Foundation grant to develop and disseminate an EMR implementation guide. Read more about the grant here.