Now that Electronic health records (EMR) have become such a focal point in the the health care industry we thought it would be good to break down what “Meaningful Use” really means for you.
“With the Health Information Technology (HIT) for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act that was passed in 2009, qualified electronic health record (EHR) technology is part of the eligibility process for health care professionals to gain Medicare and Medicaid incentive payments.”
To put it simply, the governemnt wants to give you money to implement EMR but you need to meet some basic requirements to get it. That being said, qualifying for the incentives is not the only reason you should look at EHR solutions.
The definition of meaningful use of EHR includes many areas to consider:
- Faster access to health records – instead of waiting to locate a chart that could be in use elsewhere, the patient records and information is readily available at a secure terminal or device.
- Full patient information is available in a comprehensive data file, making care and diagnosis much easier.
- Follow up information and patient care instructions are stored with the records and can be printed or electronically mailed for the patient or care provider.
- Facilitates and streamlines processes so that prescriptions, insurance claims, and other documents or orders can be transmitted quickly and accurately.
- Foremost level of security insures HIPPA compliance and patient confidentiality.
The use of EHR technology can greatly improve the efficiency of your health care organization by reducing administration/paperwork and increasing the accuracy and speed of handling patient records. This definition of meaningful use of EHR, shows you the potential benefits of implementing a EHR solution sooner than later.