|HHS Unit Wards Contract To Advance Use Of HIT In Doctors’ Offices
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT
(ONC) of HHS has awarded a contract to SK&A which will allow
SK&A to provide ongoing survey information about the adoption,
usage and planned usage of EHRs by physicians in U.S. medical offices.
The SK&A OneKey database of 251,000 medical offices
and more than 700,000 physicians will be delivered to ONC quarterly,
beginning the first quarter of this year and continuing through 2014.
ONC is expected to use the survey information as a
foundation to track adoption levels, identify trends, and monitor the
effectiveness of federal programs and grants provided under the HITECH
Act of 2009.
"The survey will help advance the use of information
technology in medical offices throughout the U.S.," said Dave
Escalante, vice president of SK&A.
In association with its subcontractor, Adaptive
Management Strategies Inc. (AMS), SK&A will provide further
information to the government relative to practice size and revenue,
patient volume, active charts-per-physician, size of administrative
staff, Medicare billings and other site characteristics.
"The data acquired from this collaboration between
SK&A and AMS will be central to the plan for the government’s
promotion of the use of information technology to improve quality of
care and establish a foundation for healthcare reform," said Jon
Jenett, CEO of AMS.
Addresses: SK&A, A Cegedim Company, 2601 Main Street, Suite 650, Irvine, CA 92614; (800) 752-5478, www.skainfo.com. Adaptive Management Strategies Inc., 31732 4th Ave., #250, Laguna Beach, CA 92651-6969; (949) 632-4515, www.ams-pharma.com.