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Texas Health Resources Pledges Support of Consumer Access to Electronic Health Information
09/12/2011

ARLINGTON, Texas — Texas Health Resources today joined health care providers nationwide in pledging support to a federal program to educate and engage consumers and providers on the value and benefits of health information technology.

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ Consumer e-Health program encourages leading health care systems to make health data securely, conveniently and easily available to consumers, who can then use the information to improve their care and well-being. The program was launched today in Washington, D.C.

“With providers nationwide, we pledge to make it easier for consumers and their caregivers to have secure, timely and electronic access to their health information,” said Stephen C. Hanson, Texas Health’s senior executive vice president for system growth and integration. “We encourage the patients of North Texas to use this information to improve their health and care.”

Texas Health began implementation of its electronic health record (EHR) in 2006. The system’s EHR has set the pace for hospitals nationwide in areas such as physician adoption of computerized physician order entry (CPOE), proven to help reduce medication errors. Texas Health’s physician CPOE adoption rate of approximately 90 percent places the system among the national leaders. Texas Health has invested more than $200 million in its EHR, which contains more than 4.7 million patient records.

The health system recently received more than $26.8 million in Medicare and Texas Medicaid incentive payments for meeting “meaningful use” criteria for its EHR. Texas Health was one of the first nationwide to receive the Medicare payments for helping advance quality and patient safety through its EHR.

“At Texas Health and nationwide, the EHR has proven one of the most powerful tools for reducing medical errors, improving the quality of patient care and reducing cost. Consumers can truly be empowered to be partners in their own health care through access to electronic health information,” said Hanson.

Learn more about the Consumer e-Health program on the Department of Health & Human Services’ website.

For more information about Texas Health Resources, visit TexasHealth.org.

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