Russell Williams, president of the Metro Atlanta Council of the Georgia Health Care Association, has been named chairman of the state's Health Information Technology and Transparency Advisory Board, a 12-member group created in mid-October by Gov. Sonny Perdue.
The board will advise the Georgia Department of Community Health on the best ways to encourage the use of electronic health records at hospitals in the state, officials said. The board is an important first step toward improving IT in healthcare, said William McClatchey, chief medical information officer for Piedmont Healthcare, Atlanta.
McClatchey, a member of the group's ad hoc advisory committee, provided fellow members with a recent tour of the IT system at 447-bed Piedmont Hospital, which he said is the only facility in the state with a totally automated physician order-entry system that could serve as a standard for other hospitals.
"It's early in the process," he said of the statewide push for improved healthcare IT. "We have all embraced the strategy of deploying this technology throughout Georgia. And there are other important issues involving transparency in pricing and quality across the state. What the commission does with those issues is a work in progress. But this is definitely a good step in the right direction." -- By Michael Romano / HITS staff writer
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