Providers will have “no excuses” for not using electronic health records to improve care, Health Affairs Editor-in-Chief Susan Dentzer said in summing up an August 5 National Press Club even on health IT. Video from the event, cosponsored by Health Affairs and the Health Industry Forum at Brandeis University, is now availabe on the Health Affairs Web site.

The event was keynoted by health IT national coordinator David Blumenthal and Marilyn Tavenner, the principal deputy administrator at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Following those presentations, payers, provider organizations, and physician certification and licensure groups detailed the steps they are taking to help providers meet recently issued federal regulations outlining “meaningful use” of health IT.

“Given the bonuses available on the federal level as well as the private level, given the education and training, given the support that providers are likely to get, we really will be moving into an environment of ‘no excuses’ for providers not to adopt this technology,” Dentzer said. “Very importantly,” she added, providers must not just adopt health IT but must “use it to transform practice, to get to the more coordinated, less fragmented, higher quality, better-value-for-the-dollar system that we all hope to achieve.”

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