Houston, TX - January 2011 marks the first time in our nation’s history that hospitals and eligible healthcare providers can register their intent to achieve “meaningful use” of certified electronic health records (EHRs) and qualify for incentive payments under the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs, part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

Beginning this month, eligible health care professionals, hospitals, and critical access hospitals may register to participate in the EHR incentive programs. Organizations and professionals around the country who anticipate meeting meaningful use requirements during Stage 1 of the program will be taking part in Nationwide EHR Incentive Program Registration events on January 13 to demonstrate their commitment to improving quality healthcare for all patients.

WHAT: Texas Medical Center institutions and the Harris County Medical Society are hosting a press conference to highlight how local hospitals and physicians are using EHRs today to improve patient care and applying for federal stimulus funds available to support adoption of health information technology.

WHO: Program participants and moderators include:
Ed Tucker, Senior Vice President, Texas Medical Center

William S. Gilmer, M.D., President, Harris County Medical Society

Tim Tindle, Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Harris County Hospital District

Jenifer Jarriel, Chief Information Officer, Baylor College of Medicine

Carly Tyson-Howard, Ph.D, Department Chair of Health Information Technology, HCC Coleman Campus for Health Sciences

Kim Dunn, M.D., Ph.D, Assistant Professor of Health Informatics, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and Executive Director, Gulf Coast Health Information Technology Regional Extension Center (REC)

Other Texas Medical Center institutions will also be in attendance including Texas Children’s Hospital, The Methodist Hospital, St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital, The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston and the City of Houston Department of Human and Health Services.

WHEN: Today, January 13, 2011
12:00 noon, central time

WHERE: The Edwin Hornberger Conference Center, located at 2151 Holcombe at Pressler (four-story building across from Murphy’s Deli).
Parking will be available in the garage (entrance on Pressler). At entrance, press the button for a yellow chip and bring for validation. Large media vehicles can park in the circular driveway next to the building.

Members of the media who would like to participate in the press conference are asked to contact Alexa Enriquez at 713-591-0848.

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