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Qualidigm to Assist Physician Offices in Technology Adoption

Qualidigm, the Connecticut Quality Improvement Organizations (QIO) is currently providing free assistance for primary care physicians interested in selecting, implementing, and effectively using electronic health record (EHR) systems. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the sponsor of this initiative, promotes the use of EHRs to improve outcomes for patients, especially those with chronic diseases. This national initiative, called the Doctor's Office Quality - Information Technology (DOQ-IT) project, promotes the adoption of EHRs to improve quality and safety for Medicare beneficiaries in small and medium sized physician offices. EHRs can be valuable tools to increase quality of care, cut costs while increasing revenue, save the clinicians' time, and increase staff and patient satisfaction.

Recent studies have highlighted the potential for Information Technology (IT) to improve the quality, safety, and efficiency of healthcare. Systems that enhance patient-clinician communications and provide access to patient information, as well as decision support and reference data, hold the promise of improving the efficiency and effectiveness of healthcare delivery. Given that the majority of patient care is provided in ambulatory settings, the lack of IT integration precludes potentially significant improvements in quality and efficiency in healthcare delivery. Proliferation of IT will allow for sharing of health information among providers in a secure environment to improve health and lead to improved patient safety and healthcare delivery quality.

As part of the 50+ organization QIO community, Qualidigm is working under a contract with CMS to educate and assist physician offices with EHR system selection and implementation. Participating physician offices will receive assistance in the process of selecting and implementing an EHR system, workflow and process redesign, and system implementation. Through the DOQ-IT project, Qualidigm will work with EHR vendors to overcome implementation obstacles and improve care management; improve outcomes and quality reporting; and make high quality, affordable IT systems more available. These consulting services will be provided at no cost to participating offices.

For more information on the DOQ-IT project, or if you are interested in participating, please contact:

Stephen Burrows; DPM, MBA
Manager, Health Information Technology
100 Roscommon Drive; Middletown, CT 06457
Phone: (860) 632-6388
Email: sburrows@qualidigm.org

Contact Information

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