Healthcare IT specialist physicians launch new website

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A group of physicians specializing in the applications of healthcare IT recently announced the launch of a new nonprofit website that intends to highlight the importance of technology in transforming the healthcare landscape.

Although the website, Doctors Helping Doctors Transform Healthcare, is not officially affiliated with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) meaningful use federal financial incentives, users of the site can consult extensive informational resources to aid them in implementing a clinical informatics system.

Partly funded by Siemens Healthcare, the venture has been supported by several prominent medical organizations including American College of Cardiology, the American College of Physicians, the American Osteopathic Association, and the American Society of Clinical Oncology. The American Medical Association and the American Association of Family Physicians will also be involved in the project in an advisory capacity.

Despite offering advice on the selection and implementation of medical informatics technology, officials say the focus is not that of regulatory compliance or financial incentives, but utilizing healthcare IT to improve the quality of patient care through collaboration and access to shared resources.

“If you make [the] transition [to a medical informatics system] properly and you end up realizing the benefits of having these tools on the front line of patient care, that’s vastly more important than getting every dollar that’s been appropriated for meaningful use,” William Bria, chief medical information officer at the Shriners Hospital for Children and president of the new venture, told Information Week.

In addition to resources that could be useful to healthcare providers who are considering migrating to a clinical informatics network, the site will feature blog posts, videos, case studies and audio programs detailing physicians’ experiences with using healthcare IT to realize patient care objectives.