Volunteers Work Together to Help Health Care Providers Secure Stimulus Funding for EHR Implementation

Volunteers Work Together to Help Health Care Providers Secure Stimulus Funding for EHR Implementation

Today’s digital environment leaves little room for paper notes and files. And the health care industry is following suit.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) provides approximately $19 billion for Health Information Technology (HIT) incentives over the next five years. A set of standards, implementation specifications, and certification criteria for electronic exchange and usage of health information will be set by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and required by providers implementing EHR systems in order to secure stimulus incentives.

“The country is clearly at a critical point in advancing health IT to a level that has significant implications for the delivery of health care”, said Susan Kressly, M.D., a practicing pediatrician from Warrington, PA.

Kressly and over 200 other volunteers from across the country recently met in Chicago to kickoff the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology’s (CCHIT®) latest round of electronic health record (EHR) certification program development aimed at accelerating the adoption of EHRs. “As a pediatrician with five years of EHR experience, I’m excited to return as a member of the Child Health workgroup and have an opportunity to make sure that the unique health IT needs of children are acknowledged and addressed,” Kressly commented.

And doctors aren’t the only ones supporting CCHIT’s mission. EHR software providers are eager to make adopting EHR’s easier for doctors and practices.

“In order for doctors to feel comfortable adopting EHR systems into their practices, they need confidence that the technology is robust, comprehensive, and interoperable,” said Gregory H. Anderson, Treasurer and CFO of Connexin Software, Inc., and volunteering member of CCHIT’s Advanced Clinical Decision Support workgroup. “As a key architect of the clinical decision support built into Office Practicum, I believe it is important to understand the needs of physicians and help develop guidelines and standards to support evolving Meaningful Use standards in the years ahead.”

Working directly with physicians and staying involved in healthcare technology organizations like the CCHIT, Connexin remains ahead of the curve in developing powerful, interoperable EHR software with unique features developed specifically for pediatricians.

About Connexin Software, Inc.

Connexin Software, Inc. is dedicated to improving the pediatric patient experience. Office PracticumTM, our award winning EMR software built by pediatricians and for pediatricians, offers you the pediatric power tools you need to manage health records in your practice. For more information on Office PracticumTM, visit www.officepracticum.com.


The Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT®) is an independent, 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that has been recognized by the federal government as an official certification body for electronic health records. Its mission is to accelerate the adoption of robust, interoperable health information technology. For more information, visithttp://cchit.org.

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