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Paducah dermatologist invited to participate in White House event



Baptist Health Paducah dermatologist Halden Ford, M.D., of Paducah Dermatology has been invited to the White House to attend a Town Hall Event sponsored by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.

Dr. Ford is one of only four providers in Kentucky chosen as a physician champion in Health IT. Bethany Jones, an implementation specialist for the Kentucky Regional Extension Center (KY-REC) at the University of Kentucky, nominated Dr. Ford and his practice for achieving meaningful use and maximizing the efficiencies of electronic health records (EHRs).

“Dr. Ford has an exceptional practice manager, Robin Stamper, and an incredible team, making this invitation a reflection of the excellent work produced by the entire practice to coordinate care and improve patient outcomes,” Jones said. With assistance from Jones at the KY-REC, Dr. Halden Ford met Stage I meaningful use through the Medicare EHR Incentive program in 2011 using Team Chart Concept by Ulrich Medical Concepts.

“The KY-REC was instrumental in our success,” Stamper said. In addition to meeting meaningful use, Paducah Dermatology serves as the pilot practice in a joint project with the KY-REC and the Kentucky Cancer Registry to connect physicians electronically to the statewide cancer data registry through the Kentucky Health Information Exchange.