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Health IT Experts Assemble in Washington D.C. to Present Testimony on Definition of Meaningful Use Before National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics (NCVHS)
Date:4/28/2009

Justin Barnes of Greenway Medical Technologies and Chairman of HIMSS Electronic Health Record Association Testifies on Panel of Industry Leaders to Help Establish Proper Guidelines for Meaningful EHR Use

CARROLLTON, Ga., April 28 /PRNewswire/ --

Core News Facts:

  • A total of 10 panels will offer expert testimony from industry professionals who will address key aspects of certified electronic health record (EHR) meaningful use
  • NCVHS will play a key role in establishing the definition of "meaningful use", which will enable EHR vendors to adapt and design their EHR products to ensure that, by using them, physicians and hospitals can receive their portion of the $31 billion in EHR adoption incentives offered through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA)

Greenway Medical Technologies today announced that Justin Barnes, who currently serves as the chairman of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Electronic Health Record Association (EHR Association) and vice president of marketing and government affairs at Greenway(R), has been invited to testify as a panelist before the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics (NCVHS). Barnes will join with other health information technology (HIT) experts on Tuesday and Wednesday, April 28 and 29, in Washington D.C. to offer recommendations during a special Hearing to establish the parameters for a uniform definition of the term "meaningful use."

An NCVHS Executive Subcommittee is convening to gain shareholder input on the concept of meaningful use, which will serve as the basis for HIT and EHR providers, to ensure that all EHR products meet the requirements for meaningful use. Through meaningful use of certified EHR products, physicians, ambulatory care centers and hospitals will be able to receive their portion of the $31 billion in incentives that will be offered through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

A total of 10 panels will address the following aspects of meaningful use, including:

  • Panel 1: Vision of Health and Health Care Transformed
  • Panel 2: Meaningful Use Capacity/Functionality in EHRs
  • Panel 3: Meaningful Use Capacity/Functionality in Health Information Exchanges
  • Panel 4: Meaningful Use Capacity/Functionality in Quality Reporting
  • Panel 5: Path to Meaningful Use Capacity for Vendors
  • Panel 6: Path to Meaningful Use Capacity for Providers
  • Panel 7: Meaningful Use and Population/Public Health
  • Panel 8: Path to Meaningful Use Capacity for CMS, States, Other Payors
  • Panel 9: Certification and Meaningful Use: EHR Product Certification
  • Panel 10: Measuring Meaningful Use

Barnes, who has previously addressed Congress and the President's administration on 12 separate occasions, will provide expert testimony on Panel 5, which will discuss meaningful use capacity for vendors, specifically addressing such topics as: the time it will take for vendors to meet the standards for meaningful use, vendors expectations with respect to increased product demand, and anticipated changes in the vendor marketplace between now and 2016.

Through his testimony, Barnes, on behalf of Greenway and the EHR Association, will support the implementation of a meaningful use policy to improve the health and healthcare of Americans by enhancing the delivery system through which they receive their healthcare. These enhancements are designed to help improve overall care quality and patient safety while reducing healthcare costs through the creation of an interoperable system that enables healthcare providers to share critical patient data across a wide spectrum of disparate systems with the key objective centered on ensuring that care providers and hospitals are actually using the EHR to its maximum potential.

"Greenway has dedicated a great deal of effort into public policy, government affairs and industry leadership under the guidance of Justin Barnes, and we will continue to advance the healthcare marketplace as we begin working within the parameters of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act," said Tee Green, president of Greenway Medical Technologies. "The NCVHS is playing a key role in helping to establish the framework for meaningful use, and as we progress, it is of the utmost importance that all healthcare providers, eligible professionals defined under ARRA, hospitals and EHR software vendors know exactly which steps need to be taken to qualify as a 'meaningful user' of a certified EHR."

About Greenway Medical Technologies Inc.

Greenway Medical Technologies provides the latest in ambulatory healthcare business solutions and services to more than 24,000 healthcare providers and professionals nationwide, in 30 specialties and subspecialties, by enhancing the delivery of patient care through innovative HIT software and on-demand services that allow physician practices to function at their highest level of efficiency. Greenway's PrimeSuite is a comprehensive, interoperable component of the integrated physician's infrastructure solution, which serves as the starting point of a long-term business plan for physician practices. PrimeSuite 2008 is certified by CCHIT(R) based on 08 Ambulatory EHR certification requirements. PrimeSuite integrates a practice's clinical, financial and administrative processes, and allows practices to increase profitability, enhance patient satisfaction and facilitate adherence to compliance guidelines. Established in 1998, Carrollton, Ga.-based Greenway Medical Technologies is a privately held company with approximately 300 employees. For more information about Greenway, visit www.greenwaymedical.com.

Except for the historical information contained herein, the matters discussed in the press release are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the safe-harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially, including but not limited to economic, competitive, governmental, and technological factors affecting the Company's operations, markets, services and related products, prices, and other factors.

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