Randy McCleese, Vice President-Information Services and CIO at St. Claire Regional, was Invited to Nation’s Capital to Boast Benefits of Health IT
A select number of healthcare providers that have stood out as successors in health IT adoption were recognized by the White House and Health and Human Services Department at two events in Washington, D.C. this week.
Hosted by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC), Randy McClease, CHIME Board of Trustee and Chair of CHIME StateNet, was one of 82 healthcare providers from across the country whose progress in implementing HIT granted an invitation to discuss the state of EHRs with government officials. Designated as Meaningful Use Vanguards (MUVers), he was recognized for his leadership in local efforts that will eventually move the nation toward an electronically-enabled healthcare system.
The two-day event began Monday, June 18, with a Health IT Vanguard Conference, where providers met one-on-one with ONC representatives to converse on such topics as Meaningful Use, quality improvement, interoperability and exchange, and increasing health IT adoption in rural and underserved communities. The breakout sessions were very productive and allowed for “some lively discussion on HIT issues,” said McCleese.
In addition to discussing the barriers that rural providers face in HER adoption, other panel discussions included solutions to privacy and security, and the challenges of building systems that can “talk to each other.”
McCleese also added that a significant amount of time was focused on HIE, standards, and the issues surrounding a standard of information exchange among vendors.
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