Informatics Research Seminar: NC AHEC, EHR Adoption

September 15 @ 4:00 – 5:00 pm

 

Speaker: Ann Lefebvre, MSW, CPHQ
Presented from: UNC-CH

 

Abstract:

Ms. Lefebvre will discuss the NC AHEC program’s efforts to help primary care providers (especially those in small, rural settings and care for underserved patients) to implement and meaningfully use electronic health record systems to improve their quality of care. The topic will cover the purpose of the Regional Extension Center program as part of the HITECH Act under the Office of the National Coordinator of HIT in the US Department of Health and Human Services. Ms. Lefebvre will also discuss a wide variety of issues and benefits with EHR adoption, including population based reporting strategies and how technology, health information exchange and clinical outcome reporting tie into NC AHEC’s broad mission for the state of North Carolina and the newly passed Federal healthcare reform law the Affordable Care Act.

Reading materials on this subject can be found at:

http://www.nejm.org/doi/pdf/10.1056/NEJMp0901592

http://healthpolicyandreform.nejm.org/?p=3732/

http://www.annals.org/content/early/2010/08/23/0003-4819-153-8-201010190-00274.1.full

Biosketch:

Ann Lefebvre is an associate Director for the NC AHEC Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and oversees statewide quality improvement efforts for NC AHEC. Included in her responsibilities is the function of executive director of the NC regional extension center (REC) and directing the Improving Performance in Practice (IPIP) Program for the state of NC which is part of the North Carolina Healthcare Quality Alliance. In this role, Ms. Lefebvre has developed a program to train and support over 40 staff to perform as consultants in primary care practices across the state that will assist in the adoption and use of technology to improve the provision of quality healthcare in the primary care setting. Additionally, Ms. Lefebvre has an adjunct faculty appointment in the Department of Family Medicine at UNC Chapel Hill and is currently serving as faculty for the Institute for Healthcare Improvement on the Primary Care Practice Coach Professional Development Program. For the past ten years, Ms. Lefebvre has been working in a variety of ambulatory care settings to help providers and their staff use technology and quality improvement techniques to improve clinical outcomes as well as patient and staff satisfaction.

Ms. Lefebvre received a BA in speech and language pathology from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh and a Master of Social Work from East Carolina University in Greenville, NC. She is a certified professional of healthcare quality and has been working in a variety of health care settings since 1991.