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    Morehouse School of Medicine Announces RFP for Health IT Regional Extension Center

    For Immediate Release
    May 14, 2010
    Media Contact: Cherie Richardson, (404) 752.1917 or
    crichardson@msm.edu

    Morehouse School of Medicine Announces RFP for Health IT Regional Extension Center

    Morehouse School of Medicine’s (MSM) Georgia Health Information Technology Regional Extension Center (GA-HITREC) announced today that it is accepting applications for the electronic health record (EHR) ambulatory systems that can be used in physician and other health care provider offices.

    The Request for Proposal (RFP) addresses MSM GA-HITREC’s mission to advance the adoption, implementation and meaningful use of health IT among health care providers to improve the safety, quality, accessibility, availability and efficiency of health care for the citizens of Georgia.

    Earlier this year, MSM was awarded a $19.5 million Recovery Act grant  as part of a nearly $1 billion federal investment to help grow the emerging health IT industry and train workers for the health care jobs of the future.  MSM will serve as a regional extension center for all of Georgia and will provide outreach and support services to more than 5,000 primary care providers in the next four years.

    The intent of the grant is to increase accuracy for medical recordkeeping and reduce errors, which will reduce costs.

    The center has established a vendor selection committee and group purchasing program. As the state-designated entity for Georgia’s statewide health information exchange, MSM GA-HITREC encourages vendors whose products are capable of bringing providers to meaningful use in a cost efficient and effective manner to apply. The center plans to contract with a number of high-quality vendors with reasonable costs to act as the front line for electronic health record adoption in Georgia.

    “We view the selection of these vendors as part of the overall process in Georgia to create an effective electronic health records system,” said Dominic Mack, M.D., M.B.A., deputy director for the National Center for Primary Care of MSM.  “This system will be accessible to individuals, physicians, hospitals and other health care providers.”

    For more information or to apply, please visit: www.primarycareforall.org.

    About Morehouse School of Medicine
    Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) recruits and trains minority and other students as physicians, biomedical scientists and public health professionals committed to improving the health and well-being of communities. MSM is a member of the largest consortium of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in the world — the Atlanta University Center (AUC).   For more information about Morehouse School of Medicine, visit us online at www.msm.edu.