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Multi-State Collaborative: Meaningful Use Webinar Registration

Saturday, April 9, 2011  
Posted by: Natalia Gromov

Meaningful Use, Tobacco Measures . . . And Why These Are Important

Registration Information
Tuesday, April 26, 2011, 12:30-2:00 p.m. EDT 

Registration is open to all organizations and individuals with an interest in integrating tobacco interventions in healthcare and their electronic medical record systems, including state and territorial tobacco control programs and networks, and their partners. We anticipate high demand, so please register early to ensure your space.* Registration Link:

Presenters will review the HITECH Act and key agencies at the federal and state level responsible for implementing the HITECH Act and for assisting providers to adopt certified electronic software. Participants will be introduced to Meaningful Use core and optional measures and the provider groups eligible for Medicaid and Medicare Meaningful Use incentives. Details will be provided on the tobacco-specific measures and the important role that quitline referral services may play in addressing tobacco use measures. Potential barriers to implementation will be discussed. The webinar will conclude with an assessment of the potential impact of meaningful use tobacco measures on reductions in tobacco use and health improvement. 

Brenda Jenkins, RN, D.Ay., CPEHR,is a Senior Program Administrator at Quality Partners of Rhode Island, where she leads the Prevention Health Information Technology (HIT) and Tobacco Cessation/QuitWorks-RI projects. Ms. Jenkins is a national member of the Meaningful Use Task Force of the Center for eHealth Information Adoption and Exchange, under the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative. As a Subject Matter Expert (SME) on workflow re-design, Ms. Jenkins also sits on the HIT Competency Taskforce, funded by the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC). 

Michael Stelmach, MBA, is a Senior Health Information Technology Consultant with John Snow, Inc. and has spent more than 25 years providing Information Systems expertise in both technical and managerial roles with a variety of service organizations, including a 500-bed hospital in central Massachusetts. His expertise spans many health IT areas including development of systems to support performance monitoring, evaluation, and quality improvement and systems integration across organizational boundaries. Michael has been heavily involved with systems integration efforts associated with the Nationwide Health Information Network (NHIN) and Public Health Information Network (PHIN) initiatives.

Thomas Land, PhD, is a Consulting Senior Scientist, Multi-State Collaborative. He is analyzing large encounter data sets (over 10,000,000 records) from several, very different healthcare delivery systems with the aim to link tobacco interventions to health outcomes. Referencing findings from this work, Tom will discuss potential issues with recording tobacco use interventions while also discussing the potential positive impacts of meaningful use. Tom is the current Director of Surveillance and Evaluation of the Massachusetts Tobacco Cessation and Prevention Program. 

* The Collaborative would like thank the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/Office on Smoking and Health and the Tobacco Technical Assistance Center (TTAC), Emory University, for providing web hosting services. We would also like to acknowledge the work and contributions of Rob Adsit, Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention, University of Wisconsin, for sharing his extensive research on the federal HIT initiative and meaningful use with Collaborative members. 

Please contact me Caroline Cranos with any questions regarding registration.

Source: Caroline Cranos, Coordinator, Multi-State Collaborative for Health Systems Change

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