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Seattle Physician Shares Health IT Story in the Nation’s Capital
Date:6/18/2012

Seattle, WA (PRWEB) June 18, 2012

Jeff Hummel, MD, MPH, successfully uses electronic health records (EHRs) and is sharing how this technology can help improve patient care with the rest of our nation’s healthcare community. Dr. Hummel is one of 82 healthcare providers from across the country whose progress in health information technology will be recognized this week by the White House and Health and Human Services (HHS) at events in Washington, DC. Dr. Hummel is a practicing physician and medical director for the Washington & Idaho Regional Extension Center (WIREC) for health information technology at Qualis Health.

At the White House Health IT Town Hall on June 19, 2012, senior White House and HHS officials will discuss progress and barriers to a national Health IT system. The HHS Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) is hosting a variety of healthcare professionals to share lessons learned in adopting, implementing, and meaningfully using EHRs. Dr. Hummel and others will discuss leveraging health IT to promote better health in communities, including solutions to health IT barriers such as privacy and security and the challenges of building systems that can “talk to each other.” These providers from across the country have been recognized for their leadership in local efforts that will eventually move the nation toward an electronically-enabled healthcare system.

In addition to discussing the meaningful use of EHRs, providers will likely share their insight on the important role that health IT programs, such as the Regional Extension Centers (RECs), have played in helping them implement EHRs. Over 132,000 primary care providers, almos
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