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EMR implementation stories wanted

HHS asks practices to send in their experiences for a Web page to educate and inspire others.

By Pamela Lewis Dolan — Posted June 18, 2010

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The Dept. of Health and Human Services is looking for inspiring and educational stories from practices that have gone through a successful electronic medical record implementation.

On its Health IT website, HHS has created a "Health IT Journey, Stories from the Road" page (link).

It includes original stories as well as links to articles from professional publications that tell a good implementation story

The department is asking practices to e-mail more original submissions or links on successes or how wrong turns or struggles became successes, in hopes the stories will help practices currently going through implementation.

This is just one of the department's efforts to help practices learn from one another. A larger, federally funded program is the Beacon Community Cooperative Agreement Program (link).

The program provides grants to communities that already have a strong health information technology infrastructure. The money will be used to strengthen their capabilities so that they can demonstrate the benefits of health IT on a large scale.

The regional extension centers, funded through the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act, will also be staffed by consultants who have gone through implementation.

The centers will help guide practices through every step, from choosing a system through implementation.

HHS will review and select which stories it features on its Web page. The department says in its disclaimer that featured stories do not necessarily constitute an endorsement of the procedures followed or the products or services featured.

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