An electronic health record (EHR) (also electronic patient record (EPR) or computerised patient record) is an evolving concept defined as a systematic collection of electronic health information about individual patients or populations. It is a record in digital format that is capable of being shared across different health care settings, by being embedded in network-connected enterprise-wide information systems. Such records may include a whole range of data in comprehensive or summary form, including demographics, medical history, medication and allergies, immunization status, laboratory test results, radiology images, vital signs, personal stats like age and weight, and billing information.
Its purpose can be understood as a complete record of patient encounters that allows the automation and streamlining of the workflow in health care settings and increases safety through evidence-based decision support, quality management, and outcomes reporting.
Focused on EHR technologies, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) includes over $60B, designed to stimulate health care IT (HIT) adoption by the medical community over the next few years. On July 13, 2010, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued its final rule on the Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs under Medicare and Medicaid. According to the Act, Physicians are eligible to receive up to $44,000 in total incentives per physician from Medicare for “meaningful use” of a certified Electronic Health Record (EHR) starting in 2011. Eligible Professionals reimbursed by Medicaid can receive up to $63,750 starting in 2011 based on state-defined guidelines. Find out how AdvancedMD certified EHR can help you obtain maximum stimulus dollars.
EHRs are the next step in the continued progress of healthcare that can strengthen the relationship between patients and clinicians. The data, and the timeliness and availability of it, will enable providers to make better decisions and provide better care.
For example, the EHR can improve patient care by:
Reducing the incidence of medical error by improving the accuracy and clarity of medical records.
Making the health information available, reducing duplication of tests, reducing delays in treatment, and patients well informed to take better decisions.
Reducing medical error by improving the accuracy and clarity of medical records.
For information about the Medicare & Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs, please see the link in the “Related Links Inside CMS” section below.
For industry resources on EHR, please see the links in the “Related Links Outside CMS” section below.
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Related Links Inside CMS
Medicare & Medicaid EHR Incentive
Related Links Outside CMS
HHS/Office of National Coordinator
Health IT Web Site
Health Level Seven (HL7)
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