Small and medium-sized physician practices will get free guidance from the American Health Quality Association's national network of Quality Improvement Organizations in adopting electronic health records and using them to improve clinical performance.
AHQA Executive Vice President David Schulke announced today that his organization has a three-year contract with the CMS to provide this assistance, which is intended to spur wider use of EHRs by helping physicians avoid barriers that sap both their time and enthusiasm for adopting health information technology.
It was also noted in a press release that the free guidance QIOs will provide is intended to compliment and not replace support from private vendors.
Schulke said the goal is to help the doctors "who need it the most," by showing them how technology can be used to learn best practices and to assess work flow and patient care -- particularly for patients with chronic illnesses.
Read the AHQA fact sheet on the program.