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AMA and TransforMED Release Health IT Tutorials for Physician Practices

For immediate release:
Jan. 17, 2012

Chicago –The American Medical Association (AMA) and TransforMED, a non-profit subsidiary of the American Academy of Family Physicians, released three online educational tutorials today to help physician practices better implement health information technology (health IT).

"Physician practices may need to redesign and reorganize their office routines so that they can successfully and efficiently adopt health IT," said AMA President Peter W. Carmel, M.D. "The AMA created these tutorials to help physicians understand how to best implement new technologies, such as ePrescribing, into their practices."

"We are committed to finding ways to help physician practices better leverage health IT in their practice setting," said Terry McGeeney, M.D., President and CEO of TransforMED. The creation and collaboration with the AMA on this series of short video tutorials provide those practices with downloadable tools and best practices about health IT that can be used in the practice today, said McGeeney.

This series of short video tutorials feature downloadable tools and best practices about health IT for physician practices. The tutorials will provide physicians with guidance on how they might better use health IT in their practices.

The three tutorials cover ePrescribing, pre-visit planning and point-of-care documentation. The first tutorial explains the value of ePrescribing and the quality, safety, and efficiency of ePrescribing compared to handwritten prescriptions. The tutorial also allows physicians to identify opportunities for medication management improvement while enhancing physician and patient convenience.

The pre-visit planning tutorial will help physician practices to establish a pre-visit planning structure that provides full patient information to the physician before the patient arrives. This can create new efficiencies that will allow more time for patient-physician interaction and shorter patient wait times. The point-of-care documentation tutorial addresses decisions regarding the type of hardware used during an office visit. The tutorial also helps physician practices understand the type and format of information that should be entered during a visit.

These activities have been certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit TM.

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Shannon O'Brien
AMA Media Relations
(312) 464-4443
Shannon.Obrien@ama-assn.org

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About the American Medical Association (AMA)
The American Medical Association helps doctors help patients by uniting physicians nationwide to work on the most important professional, public health and health policy issues. The nation’s largest physician organization plays a leading role in shaping the future of medicine. For more information on the AMA, please visit www.ama-assn.org.

About TransforMED
The Leawood, Kan.-based TransforMED is a non-profit, wholly-owned subsidiary of the American Academy of Family Physicians. Established in 2005, TransforMED provides ongoing consultation and support to physicians looking to transform their practices to a new model of care that is based on the concept of a patient-centered medical home. TransforMED is an active member of primary care communities and recognizes and supports the unique value that primary care offers to patients and the health care system. TransforMED shares and supports the idealism and altruism of primary care physicians and the strong commitment to their communities and patients through continuing patient relationships and independent decision making. TransforMED offers practices both products and services, including consultation and advice on implementing the patient centered medical home model. To learn more about TransforMED, visit www.transformed.com .