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'The Business of Health Care Report'

Meaningful Use Recognition
02/28/2011

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I’m Doug Hawthorne, CEO of Texas Health Resources, with “The Business of Health Care Report.”

Texas Health recently marked an important milestone in our journey to improve quality of care through our electronic health record, or “EHR.” We joined health care providers nationwide in making an important commitment: We will register with federal and state governments for recognition that our EHR has achieved requirements for “meaningful use” of the technology.

Registration makes Texas Health eligible for incentive payments. We’re confident we will meet meaningful use requirements, and we will reinvest any payments we receive back into our clinical information technology systems to better link our physicians and serve our patients.

But what’s most important is that we’re using technology to help improve quality and patient safety. We began implementation of the EHR into our hospitals in 2006, years before the incentive program was started. All 13 of our wholly owned hospitals will be using the system by year end.

At Texas Health and nationwide, the EHR has proven a powerful tool for reducing medical errors, improving the quality of patient care and reducing cost. Through dedication and teamwork between our patients, staff and physicians, Texas Health has become a national leader in EHR development and implementation.

We look forward to continued enhancements in efficiency and quality of care resulting from meaningful use of EHR technology.

For our faith-based family of hospitals — Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Harris Methodist and Texas Health Arlington Memorial — I’m Doug Hawthorne.

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