For primary care physicians considering adding an electronic health record system to their practices, or just curious about how the technology can improve patient care, Vermont Information Technology Leaders, Inc. (VITL) is a great resource.
VITL is a non-profit organization located in Montpelier that helps Vermont health care practitioners with implementing health information technology. Through federal and state grants, VITL is able to offer many of its services free of charge to primary care practitioners.
VMS members can receive assistance from VITL’s experts in deciding whether an electronic health record (EHR) system is right for their practice. When an EHR implementation is planned, VITL can help with product selection, negotiating with vendors, and project management. VITL also works with practitioners on workflow redesign to leverage all of the EHR’s features.
Practitioners who already use an EHR can receive help in meeting the federal government’s criteria for financial incentives under either Medicare or Medicaid. VITL will work with VMS members and other practitioners to achieve meaningful use of their EHRs, thus qualifying for incentives of up to $44,000 from Medicare or $63,750 from Medicaid per eligible professional.
VITL has been named as a regional extension center by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. VITL is one of a select group of organizations throughout the U.S. designated as having the experience and capacity necessary to assist health care providers with the task of modernizing their practices with certified EHRs.
VITL is offering VMS members a free on-site consultation over lunch, or at some other time that is convenient for the physician practice. There is no obligation for this educational session. To schedule a visit to your practice, contact VITL at (802) 223-4100 or visit www.vitl.net.