Health IT

PAMF Physicians to Speak at 2011 ASCO HIT/EHR Symposium

ASCO Symposium Helps Practices Leverage Health IT, Understand EHR Policy Changes

Palo Alto, CA – To help community oncology practices and large institutions navigate recent health care policy changes and leverage health information technology (HIT) to improve the quality of care, the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) will hold the 2011 HIT/EHR Symposium in Atlanta on Nov. 4-5, 2011.

“This symposium has sessions for those beginning their electronic health record (EHR) transition or for those more familiar with the technology,” said Peter Paul Yu, M.D., chair of the 2011 ASCO HIT/EHR Symposium Program Committee and director of cancer care at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF). “The topics covered represent a natural progression from previous ASCO symposiums and center on the broad concept of information management. This symposium has content for those preparing for EHR implementation, as well as for those more advanced early adopters of HIT.”

The Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) is recognized as one of the earliest innovators of health information technology in the country, and the ASCO Symposium will include three PAMF physicians as symposium speakers – Doctors Albert Chan, Paul Tang and Peter Yu.

The Palo Alto Medical Foundation implemented Epic’s electronic health record (EHR) system in 1999 and co-developed and launched one of the nation’s earliest personal health records, PAMFOnline (now known as My Health Online) with Epic Systems Corporation in 2001. Currently, 70 percent of PAMF’s adult patients use My Health Online to manage their health records online, view test results, message their doctor’s office, request prescription renewals and appointments, and more. For added patient convenience, My Health Online is also available on mobile devices via the MyChart app on both Android and Apple devices.

PAMF physicians speaking at the 2011 ASCO HIT/EHR Symposium are:

Paul Tang, M.D.

Welcome Session: Meaningful Use – Present and Future
Paul Tang, M.D., Vice President, Chief Innovation and Technology Officer, Palo Alto Medical Foundation

Albert Chan, M.D.

Symposium Session: Improving the Usability of EHR
Albert Chan, M.D., Chief Medical Information Officer, Medical Director of My Health Online, Palo Alto Medical Foundation

Peter Paul Yu, M.D.

Symposium Session: Rapid Learning Health Systems
Peter Paul Yu, M.D., Director of Cancer Research, Palo Alto Medical Foundation

View the full 2011 ASCO HIT/EHR Symposium Program Agenda.

About the Palo Alto Medical Foundation

The Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) for Health Care, Research and Education is a not-for-profit health care organization that is a pioneer in the multispecialty group practice of medicine. Founded in 1930, PAMF is part of the Peninsula Coastal Region of Sutter Health, one of the nation’s leading not-for-profit networks of community-based health care providers. PAMF’s 1,000 affiliated physicians and 4,900 employees serve nearly 730,000 patients at its medical centers and clinics in Alameda, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties. For more information on PAMF, visit,
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PAMF Joins Leading Health Care Groups in Pledge to Empower Patients with Secure Access to their Health Information

Paul Tang, M.D., vice president and chief innovation officer, Palo Alto Medical Foundation

On Monday, the Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) joined leading consumer and health care provider groups in Washington, D.C., in a pledge of commitment to help consumers understand the potential benefits of health information technology (health IT), and to empower consumers by making it easier for them to get secure access to their health information and engage more fully in their health.

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) hosted the first-ever Consumer Health IT Summit in Washington, D.C. on September 12, 2011. At the Summit, consumers, providers, and the public and private sectors came together to discuss how best to empower consumers to be partners in their health and care through health IT.

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Dr. Paul Tang Joins National Health IT Policy Committee

Committee’s goal is to make policy recommendations relating to the implementation of a nationwide health information technology infrastructure and the adoption of electronic health records.

Paul Tang, M.D., internal medicine physician, vice president and chief medical information officer at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) was named to serve on the federal government’s new Health Information Technology Policy Committee, a committee created as part of the economic stimulus package recently passed by the U.S. Congress. The committee will advise the Health and Human Services secretary and the head of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology on a policy framework for the adoption of electronic health records (EHRs) and the development of a nationwide health information technology infrastructure that permits electronic exchange and use of health information.

Dr. Paul Tang

“I am honored to join this talented group tasked with making recommendations to further the adoption and effective use of electronic health records throughout the country,” said Dr. Tang. “In addition to quality and safety benefits for physicians, I am a firm believer that personal health records allow patients to take a more active role in their health and become equal partners in their care with physicians.”

At PAMF, Dr. Tang oversees its EHR and its integrated personal health record system, PAMFOnline. Under Dr. Tang’s leadership, PAMF became an early adopter of an EHR system in 1999. He is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and was one of the “50 Most Powerful Physician Executives in 2008” named by Modern Physician magazine. Dr. Tang has served on numerous IOM and National Academy of Sciences committees. He chaired two studies that made recommendations on the use of EHR systems to improve patient safety and quality nationwide.

Dr. Tang was one of 13 members of the new committee named by Gene Dodaro, acting comptroller general and head of the Government Accountability Office (GAO). The economic stimulus act includes $17.2 billion in grants and incentives for physician practices who are “meaningful users” of EHRs to improve care and enhance quality. The Recovery Act required the comptroller to name committee members to represent 10 sectors of the health care industry, including health care providers, consumer groups, labor unions, health plans, researchers and IT vendors. Dr. Tang was selected to represent health care providers.

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PAMF’s Online, Mobile Teen Health WAY2GO! Program Receives Award for Innovative Approaches to Adolescent Health Care

The Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM) has awarded the 2011 Hilary E.C. Millar Award for Innovative Approaches to Adolescent Health Care to the Palo Alto Medical Foundation’s (PAMF) Wellness Assessment for Youth To Get Organized Program – known as WAY2GO! .

The 2011 Hilary E.C. Millar Award for Innovative Approaches to Adolescent Health Care is presented once per year at the Society’s Annual Meeting in Seattle, WA. Nancy Brown, Ph.D., a PAMF health education manager and the WAY2GO! project director, accepted the award in person and shared a slideshow and overview of the WAY2GO! program with meeting attendees.

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PAMF Offers Free e-Messaging Service for Patients Using My Health Online

E-Messaging allows Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) patients who use My Health Online to send a free secure electronic message to their doctor and health care team.  Effective today (March 1, 2011) PAMF patients can now enjoy free e-Messaging as part of their online services through My Health Online.

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PAMF Offers MyChart App – Provides Patients Mobile Access to Personal EHR

The Palo Alto Medical Foundation and Sutter Health, of which PAMF is an affiliate, have introduced a free app for patients to access their personal medical records on-the-go – becoming the first health system in California to offer “MyChart for the iPhone.”

The MyChart app, powered by Epic, provides a Sutter Health network patient instant access to his or her electronic health record directly from an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. At their fingertips, patients can now access much of the same convenient and personalized tools found through My Health Online, including: