Surveys Show Significant Proportions of Hospitals and Doctors Already Plan to Adopt Electronic Health Records and Qualify for Federal Incentive PaymentsJanuary 25, 2011
The West Virginia Regional Health Information Technology Extension Center (WVRHITEC) offers assistance to West Virginia physicians seeking to adopt and meaningfully use health information technology. For more information, visit the WVRHITEC site.
An online resource is available to help West Virginians understand electronic health records as many physicians and other health care providers switch over to them from traditional paper records. The eHealthWV effort, which is funded by a federal grant to educate consumers about electronic health records, is now providing a variety of information about them at www.eHealthWV.org.
“The switchover to electronic health records among health care providers is still in its early stages in West Virginia, but we expect the pace to pick up in the next few years,” Patty Ruddick, project director of the West Virginia Health Information Security and Privacy Collaboration, said. “Our hope is to let West Virginians know how advantageous electronic health records and health information exchange systems are.”
West Virginia has been involved in a federal initiative to encourage participation in electronic health exchange by providing information about privacy and security to health care providers.
The Health Information Security and Privacy Collaboration Provider Education Toolkit, provides educational resources for health care providers interested in understanding electronic health information exchange and security and privacy best practices.
The Web-based tool, found at www.Secure4Health.org offers physician to physician advice, resource links, and answers to frequently asked questions from national health care subject-matter experts. Health care providers can also earn free continuing medical education credits while learning more about electronic health information exchange, electronic health record systems, and related privacy and security benefits and challenges.
The Provider Education Toolkit is the result of the work completed by the Health Information Security and Privacy Collaboration, a multi-year project launched in 2006 by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.