CMS launches new EHR, care management learning tool

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has launched its DOQ-IT (Doctor’s Office Quality Information Technology) University, or DOQ-IT U, to support health IT adoption in physicians’ offices.

DOQ-IT U is an interactive, web-based tool designed to provide solo and small-to-medium sized physician practices with education and guidance for health IT adoption. This includes lessons on culture change, vendor selection and operational redesign, along with clinical processes.

“CMS is pleased to launch DOQ-IT University, the first of its kind e-learning platform, to provide assistance to physicians across the United States in the adoption and implementation of electronic health records and care management practices,” said CMS Acting Administrator Leslie V. Norwalk, Esq. “DOQ-IT U’s interactive platform, self-paced curriculum, and associated tools provide physicians with easy access to the resources they need to help ensure that patients receive the highest quality of care at all times.”

DOQ-IT U will provide lessons in assessment, planning and implementation methodologies that will be disease and population specific, incorporating clinical decision support and evidence-based medicine guidelines. This e-learning platform will be utilized to provide physicians with a self-paced curriculum and associated tools, based on adult learning principles, available at their convenience. Additional features, such as surveys, utilization tracking, and Continuing Medical Education/Continuing Education Unit (CME/CEU) offering/issuing capabilities will also be included in the near future.

The first learning sessions (modules), available now, focus on physician office workflow redesign, culture change, and communication necessary for successful EHR adoption, implementation of care management, and the incorporation of a strong patient self-management component to clinical care.

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