February 22, 2012, Las Vegas, NV
Physician Informatics Leaders Report More Than 20,000 Eligible Professionals are Expected to Attest for Meaningful Use for the First Time in 2012
An informal poll of Association of Medical Directors of Information Systems (AMDIS) members conducted by AMDIS in collaboration with Doctors Helping Doctors Transform Health Care reveals that at least 27,000 EPs are expected to attest for the first time by the end of 2012, with organizational and executive leadership buy-in as the most critical factor for success
According to an informal poll of members of the Association of Medical Directors of Information Systems (AMDIS), which was conducted in collaboration with Doctors Helping Doctors Transform Health Care (Doctors Helping Doctors), more than 27,000 eligible professionals (EPs) will attest for “Meaningful Use” for the first time by the end of 2012, representing approximately two-thirds of the EPs within AMDIS organizations surveyed. A majority—or 20,000– of those EP attestations are expected to occur in 2012. “Meaningful Use” is the informal name given to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs launched in 2011 to provide financial incentives to hospitals and eligible professionals who use EHRs in specific, meaningful ways to improve health and health care.
The results of the informal poll were shared by William F. Bria, II, MD, AMDIS board president and Doctors Helping Doctors co-founder and board member, at the AMDIS Roundtable held at the Health Information Management and Systems Society (HIMSS) Annual Conference and Exhibition in Las Vegas, NV.
Having adequate organizational and executive leadership buy-in was the factor most cited by those organizations that have or expect to have a majority of their EPs attest for Meaningful Use by the end of 2012 (84 percent) followed by having adequate medical affairs support (65 percent).
Seventy-two organizations responded to the survey, representing approximately ten percent of the organizations represented by the nearly 2,500 individual members of AMDIS.
More detailed analysis of the experiences of AMDIS members with Meaningful Use revealed by the informal survey will be released by AMDIS, in collaboration with Doctors Helping Doctors in April 2012.
The Association of Medical Directors of Information Systems (AMDIS) is the premier non-profit physician membership organization dedicated to advancing the field of applied medical informatics and improving the practice of medicine through direct physician use of information technology. See www.amdis.org.
About Doctors Helping Doctors Transform Health Care
Doctors Helping Doctors Transform Health Care is a non-profit, collaborative, social media effort led primarily by doctors—for doctors—to support the transformation of health care, initially through health information technology, given the foundational role it plays in improving the quality, safety and cost-effectiveness of care. See www.doctorshelpingdoctorstransformhealthcare.org.
December 1, 2011, Washington, D.C.
COLLABORATIVE EFFORT LAUNCHED TO FACILITATE DOCTORS HELPING DOCTORS TRANSFORM HEALTH CARE: FIRST AREA OF FOCUS IS HEALTH IT
Addressing the pressing need to improve the quality, safety and efficiency of health care in the U.S., physician leaders are gathering today in Washington, D.C. to launch Doctors Helping Doctors Transform Health Care (Doctors Helping Doctors), the goal of which is to support the transformation of health care, initially through greater use of health information technology (IT).
Through this non-profit, collaborative, social media effort, physicians are sharing their experiences and insights—through videos, audio programs, stories and blog posts—about why they decided to adopt health IT, the initial challenges they faced and the strategies they used to overcome them, the impact on their practices or organizations, and their lessons learned—to support other physicians as they make the transition to a health IT-enabled health care system that delivers better health and health care.
During the launch event, which will be held at 10:00 a.m. EST today in Washington, D.C. and also webcast live, physicians will share their stories about how electronic health records (EHRs) and health IT can improve health care delivery and improve patient outcomes, while also reducing costs.
Event speakers include founders of the effort and other physician leaders who have improved health and health care through health IT; Farzad Mostashari, MD, ScM, national coordinator for health IT within the Department of Health and Human Services; and Richard Baron, MD, group director, seamless care models, within the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
Supported by unrestricted grants provided by the Chan Soon-Shiong Family Foundation, the Optum Institute for Sustainable Health and Siemens Healthcare, Doctors Helping Doctors is engaging physicians from a diverse range of settings—from small physician practices to large health care institutions–across a broad range of specialties, to participate in the effort.
Peter Basch, MD, an internist with Washington Primary Care Physicians and medical director of ambulatory EHR and health IT policy for MedStar Health, is one of the founding Board members of Doctors Helping Doctors and serves as its initial chair. “Our goal is to help other doctors navigate how to use health IT to make care better, safer, and more effective,” said Basch.
“With ‘meaningful use’ incentives now being offered by federal and state programs to support the use of health IT, we have the opportunity to leverage this significant investment to transform health care.”
“Doctors must lead the way in transforming the U.S. health care system to one that delivers higher quality, safer, more cost-effective and evidence-based care for patients,” said Patrick Soon-Shiong, MD, chairman of the Chan Soon-Shiong Family Foundation. “As a fellow physician, I am pleased to support the work of Doctors Helping Doctors to help pave the way for true health care transformation.”
Other founding board members include William Bria, MD, chief medical information officer, Shriners Hospitals for Children and president of AMDIS; Michael Zaroukian, MD, PhD, chief medical information officer and professor of medicine, Michigan State University and medical director, clinical informatics and care transformation, Sparrow Health System; and Janet Marchibroda, currently chair of the Health IT Initiative at the Bipartisan Policy Center, who serves as the organization’s initial executive director.
Doctors Helping Doctors is a collaborative effort led primarily by doctors—for doctors, engaging non-profit, clinician-led organizations and medical societies to provide input, identify physician leaders who have successfully transformed care through health IT, and highlight resources that will be helpful to physicians. Collaborators include the American College of Cardiology, the American College of Physicians, the American Osteopathic Association, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, and the Association of Medical Directors of Information Systems (AMDIS). The American Academy of Family Physicians and the American Medical Association also serve in advisory roles.