Health Information Technology Initiatives
“When the opportunity presented itself to get an Electronic Medical Record system with the possibility of better care coordination, more integrated information and the opportunity to use data meaningfully, it was a no-brainer. And going for something like Meaningful Use is just one of the goals along the way. It hasn’t come without growing pains, but it also wasn’t a stretch from the good care we were already providing.”
Julia Eddy, Bread for the City
While health information technology has been advancing steadily throughout the years, it is only recently that physicians across the country have begun truly embracing its use and integrating this technology into daily practice to enhance patient care.
In keeping with these trends, the District of Columbia Primary Care Association (DCPCA) Health Information Technology (HIT) Initiative combines efforts that help member health centers implement Electronic Health Records (EHRs) and manage data through the use of comprehensive data reporting tools.
This process jump started in 2006 when the DC government provided a $6 million grant to facilitate the implementation of electronic health records (EHRs) in six safety net clinics. Early adopters Bread for the City, Family and Medical Counseling Service, Inc., La Clínica del Pueblo, Mary’s Center, So Others Might Eat (SOME), and Whitman-Walker Health were the first of DCPCA’s member health centers to implement this technology and paved the way for change.
Since then, while continuing to support these early adopters, DCPCA’s IT team has also assisted Unity Health and Spanish Catholic Center with their EHR initiatives and currently provides eClinicalWorks hosting services for the following health centers:
- Bread For The City
- Community of Hope
- Family and Medical Counseling Services
- La Clinica del Pueblo
- Mary’s Center for Maternal and Child Care
- So Others Might Eat
- Spanish Catholic Center
- Whitman-Walker Health
Starting in 2010, through a collaborative agreement to serve as the DC Regional Extension Center (DC REC) under the Health Information Technology Extension Program Regional Centers Cooperative Agreement Program, DCPCA began offering Meaningful Use technical assistance to all of its member health centers and expanded HIT services to local, small practice providers and qualifying health systems. Click here for more information on the DC REC program.
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