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Great Interest in Health IT at ACP’s Internal Medicine 2011 Meeting

The American College of Physicians just completed its 2011 annual scientific session in San Diego (April 7–9). Over the past few years the courses on health IT have grown in attendance — and this year the trend continued. At one early morning panel session led by Thom Kuhn (ACP Senior Systems Architect), and Drs. Peter Basch (Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress; HIMSS 2007 Physician IT Leadership Awardee ), Mike Zaroukian (CMIO Michigan State; HIMSS 2010 Physician IT Leadership Awardee) and Tom Tsang (Office of the National Coordinator), over 100 attendees listened to guidance about meaningful use and then participated in an informative Q&A session. When asked, the vast majority indicated that they were in small practices, using EHRs, and intended to qualify for meaningful use EHR incentives in 2011 or 2012.

Many attendees also visited the EHR Forum in the Exhibit Hall to learn about the AmericanEHR online community and to participate in small group discussions with experts. Among those who did presentations were Ethan W. Moore from the Office of Public Engagement, Partner Relations Group at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and Dr. David Hunt, Medical Director, Office of Provider Adoption and Support in the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (pictured below).

Dr. David Hunt

Based on the high level of attendance at the health IT sessions and anecdotal comments by attendees, it was clear that there is considerable momentum for adopting certified EHR technology and achieving meaningful use among all types of practices.

What are your plans for 2011? 2012?  Let us know! Take the HIMSS Survey referenced in this blog post from 4/14.

This post is the personal opinion of the author and does not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the American College of Physicians (ACP). ACP does not endorse a specific EHR brand or product and ACP makes no representations, warranties, or assurances as to the accuracy or completeness of the information provided herein.

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