EHRs, EMRs Increase Health Care Efficiencies

With the support of grant funding, the HCC provides financial support to area providers to implement health information technology to improve health care delivery. These technologies include everything from eRX to EHRs and EMRs, among other technologies.

Electronic health records (EHRs) and electronic medical records (EMRs) allow health care practitioners to provide more efficient care for patients. EHRs allow physicians and their staff to store patients' health records in a digital format to be accessed efficiently.

EMRs offer the same convenience and efficiency but allow practitioners to upload and access files stored in a central, secure database shared by multiple organizations.

Meaningful Use
To encourage use of this technology, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is offering financial incentives to providers who utilize the technology. A huge stipulation within the CMS is that EMRs and EHRs are used to maximum impact. To ensure this goal is met, the CMS implemented rules regarding what constitutes meaningful use of the technology.

Meaningful use in basic terms requires practitioners to use EHRs and EMRs technology in such a way that it benefits both the provider and the patient, among other things.

By 2017, the goal is that most, if not all practitioners, are using EHRs and EMRs. To receive widespread use of these systems, organizations that meet meaningful use guidelines will receive a financial incentive and those who don't will be penalized.

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Follow these links to learn more:

HHS Health IT
CMS Meaningful Use