CENTERS FOR MEDICARE & MEDICAID SERVICES LAUNCHES DOQ-IT UNIVERSITY

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today announced the national launch of DOQ-IT(Doctor’s Office Quality Information Technology) University, or DOQ-IT U, to support health information technology (HIT) in physicians’ offices.

DOQ-IT U is an interactive, Web-based tool designed to provide solo and small-to-medium sized physician practices with the education for successful HIT adoption, including lessons on culture change, vendor selection and operational redesign, along with clinical processes.  The nationally available e-learning system is available at no charge.

“CMS is pleased to launch DOQ-IT University, the first of its kind e-learning platform, to provide assistance to physicians across the United States in the adoption and implementation of electronic health records and care management practices,” said CMS Acting Administrator Leslie V. Norwalk, Esq.  “DOQ-IT U’s interactive platform, self-paced curriculum, and associated tools provide physicians with easy access to the resources they need to help ensure that patients receive the highest quality of care at all times.”

DOQ-IT U will provide lessons in assessment, planning and implementation methodologies that will be disease and population specific, incorporating clinical decision support and evidence-based medicine guidelines.  This e-learning platform will be utilized to provide physicians with a self-paced curriculum and associated tools, based on adult learning principles, available at their convenience.  Additional features, such as surveys, utilization tracking, and Continuing Medical Education/Continuing Education Unit (CME/CEU) offering/issuing capabilities will also be included in the near future.

The first learning sessions (modules), available now, focus on physician office workflow redesign, culture change, and communication necessary for successful Electronic Health Record (EHR) adoption, implementation of care management, and the incorporation of a strong patient self-management component to clinical care. Disease specific modules, starting with diabetes, will include a patient self-management component, which is critical to successfully managing patients with chronic disease.

DOQ-IT U is being developed and managed by the Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) program, under contract to CMS.  A QIO is present in each U.S. state, territory, and the District of Columbia.

A technical advisory panel (TAP) composed of leading medical experts from the American College of Physicians (ACP), American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM), Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), Private Payers, American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), and Patient Self Management experts, has been convened and will provide content, consultation and evaluation of the care management/DOQ-IT U modules.

For more information, please see CMS’ DOQ-IT U Web site at: http://elearning.qualitynet.org.

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