Health care is undergoing a virtual information revolution, fueled by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, which permits reimbursement incentives for eligible professionals and hospitals that meet criteria for becoming “meaningful users” of certified electronic health record (EHR) technology. The current focus on the Affordable Care Act has taken away some of the thunder from MedlinePlus Connect, a free service that supports health professionals’ ability to provide health information to their patients. See how MedlinePlus Connect may be valuable to you and your organization.
“Meaningful use” is defined, in part, as using EHRs to improve and demonstrate the quality of care, such as e-prescribing, electronic exchange of health information, and submission of quality measures to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) [http://www.himss.org/meaningfuluse?navItemNumber=13303]. CMS has set standards to meaningful use that are to be met in stages. Organizations are currently working on Stage 1 implementation; Stage 2 implementation starts in 2014 [http://www.amednews.com/article/20121022/business/310229969/5/]. (more…)