AN OFFICIAL STATEMENT: AHIMA Reacts to President’s Council Report on HIT’s Full Potential to Improve Healthcare

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CHICAGO, Dec. 8, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The following statement is attributable to Rita Bowen, MA, RHIA, AHIMA President:

The American Health Information Management Association congratulates the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) for the release of today’s report that envisions the critical role electronic health records (EHRs) must play in improving healthcare as well as the Council’s advocacy for the positive impact integrated EHRs can have on advancing the delivery of high-quality healthcare services.  AHIMA agrees that this is an appropriate time for the PCAST recommendations to be made and now discussed.

The goals stated by this Taskforce mirror those of AHIMA’s more than 60,000 professional health information management practitioners to achieve universal use of EHRs and a nationwide health information exchange (HIE) that does not jeopardize the protection, confidentiality and security of an individual’s health information.

AHIMA will, as requested by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), conduct a thorough review of these recommendations trusting that the federal government and the healthcare industry will also look at these requirements as applied across the healthcare industry and not just those entities that can qualify for Meaningful Use incentives.

SOURCE American Health Information Management Association

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EHR Scope Q&A With Justin Barnes of Greenway Medical Technologies

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Electronic Health Records HIT Greenway

What is your history with Greenway?

I have been with Greenway for over seven years as the Vice President of Marketing, Corporate Development and Government Affairs. My other major title is Chairmen Emeritus of the EHR Association.

When I graduated, I went to work for HBO & Company.  They merged in 1999 with McKesson.   After working at HBO & Co., four associates and I left to form Healinx.  McKesson later acquired Healinx and renamed it RelayHealth. I was not active in the organization at that time, but I was a shareholder.  McKesson RelayHealth is much larger today.

That brings me up to my present position.  Greenway has grown fairly substantially while I have been present, so it has been a wonderful opportunity. Continue reading: EHR Scope Q&A With Justin Barnes of Greenway Medical Technologies