The benefits for health care providers in utilizing electronic medical records are many. They provide instant access to patient information from virtually any location, EMRs can pull in additional information regarding drug interactions or hospital references if needed, and the level of security provided fully complies with HIPAA standards.
While these benefits alone can justify the implementation of EMRs for any medical practice, the added benefit of additional Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements makes the decision even easier. The EMR must provide meaningful use of electronic medical records for patient care in order to qualify for these bonuses. But what is “meaningful use” according to government regulations?
Meaningful use of electronic medical records as defined by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) stipulate that medical practices should use certified EHR technology.
Also another definition of meaningful use of electronic medical records was provided by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. This definition is more specific in what constitutes a certified EHR technology.
Through these definitions, health care providers can better determine what type of EHR technology to use for their specific medical practices. This also provides a good list of criteria to evaluate the various EHR solutions available before making a final decision.