Health IT Week highlights how technology improves quality of health care delivery for patients

October 2-6 is National Health IT Week, and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) is pleased to announce the state is one of the nation’s leaders in the use of Electronic Health Records (EHR), which improve the quality of care for patients.

The Office of National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) ranks Wisconsin second in the nation in the use of EHR, noting that 92 percent of all office-based physicians in the state have adopted or demonstrated meaningful use of EHR. Nationwide, 60 percent of all office-based physicians have demonstrated meaningful use of the technology.

“What this means for patients is better coordination and quality of care, in addition to better outcomes in the delivery of health care,” said DHS Secretary Linda Seemeyer. “We’re proud of all health care professionals at our hospitals, clinics, and health care facilities who recognize the value of EHR in their efforts to provide exceptional care to patients across the state.”

In June, DHS announced that it awarded a contract to Cerner to bring EHR to all seven of its facilities, including the Mendota and Winnebago Mental Health Institutes. Read the full story here.