Find Your EHR Adoption Sweet Spot

New MMS Best Practices Guide, CME Class Coming Soon

Guide to HITA 2013 MMS survey found that among the almost 80 percent of Massachusetts physicians with access to an Electronic Health Record system, a full 66 percent reported that using a system slows down their practice of medicine. Another one-third indicated a related initial decrease in revenue.

EHR-associated technology challenges are further intensified by other upcoming innovation mandates such as ICD-10, Meaningful Use Stage 2, and State HIway connection.

Responding to these dizzying transformations, the Committee on Information Technology and MMS staff set to work developing a guide to EHR success that will be available to all members beginning in early April. The MMS Guide to Health Information Technology: Best Practices, Checklists, and Pitfalls in Connecting for Better Health will include a comprehensive and up-to-date look at the elements which lead to successful implementation and use of these technologies.

Drawing from a wide variety of sources, including personal experiences of some of our pioneering members, the guide provides many recommendations on EHR adoption and use in Massachusetts, including best practices, pitfalls, checklists, and other resources.

The Committee on Information Technology will also host a CME conference from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on April 30, 2014, at MMS headquarters in Waltham, covering many of these topics in a lively interactive format.

To reserve your copy of the guide or receive further information on the conference, send an email to lbarzin@mms.org. For ongoing information on HIT in Massachusetts, subscribe to the free MMS e-newsletter on HIT topics, the ARRA Advisor, at www.massmed.org/newsletters.

—Leon Barzin 
MMS HIT Director
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