Oakland, CA – June 18, 2012 – Now that San Francisco family physician Dr. Gustin Ho (featured left) has successfully implemented his electronic health record (EHR), he is ready to share with the rest of our nation’s healthcare community how this technology can help improve patient care. Dr. Ho is one of 82 healthcare providers from across the country whose progress in health IT will be recognized by the White House and Health and Human Services (HHS) at two events in Washington, D.C.

On June 18, the HHS Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) is hosting a Health IT Vanguard Conference in which a variety of health care professionals will share lessons learned in adopting and implementing electronic health records. As designated MUVers, Dr. Ho and others of the Meaningful Use Vanguard (MUVers) will discuss solutions for a variety of health IT barriers, including privacy and security and the challenges of building systems that can “talk to each other.” Some will discuss ways of leveraging health IT to promote better health in communities. MUVers throughout the country have been recognized for their leadership in local efforts that will eventually move the nation toward an electronically-enabled health care system.

At the White House Health IT Town Hall on June 19, 2012, senior White House and HHS officials will discuss progress and barriers to a national Health IT system with MUVers in attendance. In addition to discussing the meaningful use of EHRs, providers will likely share their insight on the important role that Health IT programs, such as the Regional Extension Centers (RECs), have played in helping them implement EHRs. Over 132,000 primary care providers, almost half in the country, are partnering with RECs to overcome the significant barriers that primary care and rural providers face in EHR adoption.