CHARLESTON – Dr. Ron Stollings, with Madison Medical Group, was among more than 80 primary care physicians from across the country invited to participate in a White House Health IT Town Hall in Washington, D.C.
On June 18-19, the U.S. Department and Health and Human Services (DHHS) hosted two national Health IT events: the Health IT Vanguard Conference and the White House Health IT Town Hall, respectively. These events featured senior White House and DHHS officials such as National Coordinator Farzad Mostashari, as well as Health IT leaders from around the country – including MUVers (Meaningful Use Vanguard) from the national regional extension center network.
The event was designed to gather health care providers from across the nation so they could share best practices for the implementation of electronic health records in primary care settings and discuss how health IT may help improve patient care in individuals and communities.
Dr. Stollings attended the event as the MUVer designee from the West Virginia Regional HIT Extension Center (WVRHITEC). Madison Medical Group was the first health care practice in the Mountain State to attest under the Stage 1 meaningful use criteria. Dr. Stollings also is a state Senator and Chairman of the West Virginia Senate’s Health and Human Resources Committee.
“I was greatly honored to attend the White House event and to represent the WVRHITEC and West Virginia’s providers who are working to adopt electronic health record technologies,” said Dr. Stollings.
Primary care providers from across the nation joined Dr. Stollings for the town hall session, which was held in the Executive Office Building adjacent to the White House. Dr. Stollings said the session was a very interactive, and he noted that many of the comments provided by his colleagues focused on enhancing the usability of EHRs going forward as well as outlining some of the opportunities and challenges that will arise as our nation moves toward the exchange of electronic health information.
“Specifically, I shared with the attendees my views about the next generation of chronic disease management and the importance of having robust EHR templates to aid in treating patients,” said Dr. Stollings.
For more information, contact the West Virginia Regional HIT Extension Center at (877) 775-7535 or visit www.wvrhitec.org.