|[September 16, 2013]
Qsource Celebrates Eighth Annual National Health IT Week
NASHVILLE, Tenn. --(Business Wire)--
a nonprofit healthcare quality improvement and technology consultancy,
is joining organizations and healthcare providers across the United
States to mark National Health Information Technology Week, which kicks
off today, September 16, 2013.
National Health IT Week is a collaboration between public and private
healthcare organizations to raise awareness for the value of health IT
in the U.S. healthcare system. Events across the country include
webinars, conferences and briefings surrounding this year's theme: One
Voice, One Vision: Transforming Health and Care.
In Tennessee, there is a great deal to celebrate this year. More than
16,000 Tennessee physicians have adopted electronic health records
(EHRs) and are focused on becoming meaningful users of health
information technology. More than 4,600 Medicare providers, 3,400
TennCare providers and 220 hospitals have received incentive payments
totaling more than $365,000,000 for their adoption of health information
"We are delighted to join technology professionals, healthcare providers
and patients in celebrating Health IT Week," said Qsource Chief
Executive Officer Dawn FitzGerald. "Healthcare information technology
has never been more relevant or important in our changing healthcare
environment. Qsource partners with healthcare providers to help them
leverage health IT to advance patient care and improve patient outcomes."
Qsource offers healthcare providers a range of quality improvement
services. These include assistance in transitioning from a paper medical
record environment to an electronic one through the implementation of
electronic health records (EHRs), ePrescribing, data abstraction and
reporting technologies. he organization provides a range of health IT
services including assistance with meeting Meaningful Use criteria, as
well as administering and overseeing several incentive programs related
to health IT adoption and use.
Since 2010, the Tennessee
Regional Extension Center (tnREC), a division of Qsource, has worked
with providers across Tennessee to ensure they meet government
requirements for health IT implementation and incentive payment.
Services currently available include:
EHR Incentive Program: Healthcare providers with a
Medicaid patient volume of 30 percent and pediatricians with a
Medicaid patient volume of 20 percent can access state subsidized
health information technology adoption services to help them achieve
Meaningful Use requirements and receive incentive payment up to
EHR Incentive Program: Medicare providers interested in
achieving Meaningful Use can access federally subsidized health
information technology adoption services and receive incentive funds
up to $39,000.
Consulting Services: Healthcare providers not eligible
for/under subsidized contracts can access low cost adoption services
customized to meet their individual health IT needs.
eShare Direct Project: Direct is a secure email service
that allows physicians, clinical labs, patients and public health
agencies to send and receive encrypted medical information. This
secure messaging is required as part of Meaningful Use Stage 2.
Eligible providers can access Direct implementation support services
and receive an incentive payment of $500 per Direct user.
Qsource is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) healthcare quality improvement and
information technology consultancy headquartered in Tennessee since
1973. We provide a wide range of expert services to assist organizations
and providers in improving healthcare quality and delivery with better
patient outcomes and cost savings. Qsource services are offered through
associates with offices in Memphis, Nashville and Knoxville, Tenn., as
well as Little Rock, Ark. For more information, please visit www.qsource.org.
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