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Greenway Medical Technologies Continues to Lead the Evolution of Healthcare Automation at National Health IT Week in Washington, D.C.
Date:10/8/2009

CARROLLTON, Ga., Oct. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Greenway Medical Technologies continued to lead the United States Government's efforts to automate the national healthcare system with its participation in the fourth annual National Health IT Week held September 21 - 25 in Washington D.C. Greenway®, along with more than 55 other healthcare information technology (HIT) leaders, met to collaborate with leaders on Capitol Hill to elevate national attention surrounding the advancement of health IT.

During the event, Justin Barnes, vice president of marketing and government affairs at Greenway Medical and chairman of the HIMSS Electronic Health Record Association (EHR Association), provided formal statements supporting HIT initiatives stressing the need for continued collaboration between HIT providers, physicians and other healthcare professionals as well as the federal government to further increase adoption of certified electronic health records (EHRs) for the betterment of the U.S. healthcare system.

Three key legislative and regulatory priorities were discussed at this year's conference by Barnes and the EHR Association, beginning with a call to action for Congress to utilize its oversight authority to ensure that the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) issues a final regulation for the electronic prescribing (e-prescribing) of controlled substances. Currently, the limitations that prohibit care providers from fully prescribing have hindered its overall adoption. Barnes stressed that until the regulations are updated, the full benefits of e-prescribing cannot be reached.

Congress was also urged to enact legislation that provides incentives for a broader mix of public and private payers to support accelerated EHR adoption and meaningful use, which will attract and support healthcare providers in every quality of care setting. These additional incentives would be built upon those already being offered through the American Rec
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