PORTLAND, Ore., July 15, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today DCIPA, the Physicians of Douglas County, and OCHIN/O-HITEC announced a partnership agreement to help DCIPA's UmpquaOneChart users meet the federal requirements of Meaningful Use (MU) as defined by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS). Over the next 12 months, O-HITEC will work with UmpquaOneChart users to help them meet MU by providing a menu of assistance services that include, self-assessments, site audits and certifications, access to discounted 3rd party Health IT services and HIPAA evaluation and certification assistance.
Clayton Gillett, O-HITEC's Executive Director said, "DCIPA was an early electronic health record (EHR) adopter in the Roseburg community with the UmpquaOneChart system, and they led the way for many Oregon providers to join the health information technology (Health IT) movement. We're very excited about this partnership and believe that DCIPA providers will continue to lead the state in Health IT adoption and meaningfully using technology to benefit their patients."
"DCIPA is pleased to join O-HITEC and looks forward to working together to improve overall health care in Douglas County and the State of Oregon," stated, Arlan Zastrow, M.D., EMR Steering Committee Chairman.
Both Organizations are committed to advancing EHR adoption and assisting providers as they work towards utilizing their EHRs to improve patient care, safety and also lower costs.
OCHIN is a national non-profit collaborative headquartered in Portland, Oregon that provides integrated HIT software products and services to community health clinics, mental health services and small practices serving the medically underserved. For more information please visit www.ochin.org. Oregon's Health Information Technology Extension Center (O-HITEC) provides education, outreach, and assistance to facilitate successful implementation, and meaningful use of certified electronic health records. O-HITEC strives to transform healthcare, improve quality and deliver value through effective use of information technology. For additional information please visit www.ohitec.org
DCIPA, the Physicians of Douglas County, is an innovative organization comprised of over 100 local physicians. DCIPA was founded in 1993 to unite local physicians to best meet our community's healthcare needs. Since DCIPA's inception, its primary role is that of a fully-capitated health plan to administer the Oregon Health Plan Medicaid program in Douglas County. Additionally, DCIPA owns and operates several other affiliated companies like UmpquaOneChart. Participating in the partnership with O-HITEC coincides with DCIPA's mission "Serving the needs of Physicians and their Patients in Douglas County." For more information, please visit www.dcipa.com.