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Physician Shares Health IT Story in the Nation's Capital


June 19, 2012 - Orange, CA

Now that many Orange County providers have successfully implemented an electronic health record (EHR), three are ready to share with the rest of our nation's healthcare community how EHR technology can help improve patient care. Drs. Allison Foley, Jason Khamly and Michael Gilbert are part of 82 healthcare providers from across the country whose progress in Health IT will be recognized by the White House and Health and Human Services (HHS) at two events in Washington, D.C.

On June 18, the HHS Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT is hosting a Health IT Vanguard Conference in which a variety of health care professionals will share lessons learned in adopting and implementing electronic health records. As designated Meaningful Use Vanguard (MUVers) Drs. Foley, Gilbert, and Khamly will discuss solutions for a variety of health IT barriers, including privacy and security and the challenges of building systems that will "talk to each other." MUVers throughout the country have been recognized for their leadership in local efforts that will eventually move the nation toward an electronically-enabled health care system.

At the White House Health IT Town Hall on June 19, 2012, senior White House and HHS officials will discuss progress towards meaningful use of EHRs and barriers to a national Health IT system. Providers will 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, almost half in the country, are partnering with RECs to overcome the significant barriers that primary care and rural providers face in EHR adoption.

"CalOptima Regional Extension Center (COREC) helped our practice implement our EHR and trained us on how to use it to significantly enhance our quality of patient care," said Dr. Jason Khamly. "Now that our EHR is in place, COREC continues to connect us with the local and federal resources we need to stay informed on the changing Health IT landscape."

As a solo practice provider, Dr. Khamly places a large emphasis on keeping his patients healthy through preventive care, but needed help keeping track of all the details. Dr. Khamly decided to enroll with COREC and receive assistance in implementing an EHR to enhance quality and provide his patients with more comprehensive care.

Locally, COREC is working with over 1,000 providers in Orange County and has successfully helped 346 meet the first stage of Meaningful Use and preparing them for Stage 2. COREC has also helped 301 providers qualify for the Adopt, Implement or Upgrade program. Altogether, COREC has helped 647 providers receive over $12 million in incentive payments.

About COREC
CalOptima Regional Extension Center (COREC) is a nonprofit, public venture of the CalOptima Foundation established to serve and support the community of clinical providers in Orange County in becoming adept and meaningful users of electronic health record systems. COREC has fostered the collaboration of health information technology specialists to develop strategies and practices that streamline adoption of electronic health records. COREC is a federally designated Regional Extension Center funded by the Office of the National Coordinator, Department of Health and Human Services, Award Number: 90RC0066. Visit www.corecoc.org.

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For more information, contact:
Karynsue Rose-Thomas
COREC Director
Phone: 714-347-5786
Email: Email Contact

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