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July 6, 2012 - Alabama Regional Extension Center Represented at White House Town Hall Event
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Photo Courtesy: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, photography by Chris Smith.
From Left to Right: David Muntz, principal deputy national coordinator; Joni Wyatt, administrative director of system practice management at St. Vincent Health System; Farzad Mostashari, national coordinator for health information technology; Mike Bice, Alabama Regional Extension Center; and Judy Murphy, deputy national coordinator for programs and policy.


The Alabama Regional Extension Center (AL-REC) was recently represented at “MUVers Meet and Greet” in Washington D.C. The event was sponsored by the White House and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT.

Joni Wyatt, administrative director of system practice management at St. Vincent Health System, represented AL-REC as a member of the Meaningful Use Vanguard (MUV).

“Wyatt has been a leader in the adoption and meaningful use of healthcare information technology and has worked closely with the Alabama Regional Extension Center as her strategic partner,” said Dr. Deborah Lafky, assistant dean of the University of South Alabama College of Medicine and director of the Center for Strategic Health Innovation at USA.

Dr. Lafky said the event highlighted the excellent progress that has been made across the nation in electronic health record implementation. “We are very excited to have been included in this high-profile function,” Dr. Lafky said. “Wyatt was selected to attend because of her leadership both within her organization and by modeling EHR adoption to others in the community.”

The White House event featured a live address from Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, National Coordinator Dr. Farzad Mostashari and program leader Mat Kendall.

The event included a discussion on how health information technology can help improve care quality and patient health. Attendees participated in a full day of interactive sessions where they exchanged ideas on establishing the Meaningful Use of Electronic Health Records in their practice communities.

Click here to view all photos from the event.

For more information on the Alabama Regional Extension Center, visit http://www.al-rec.org/.

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