The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health / HITECH Act mandates that you have to adopt electronic health records. So now your challenge is how to select a good electronic health record (EHR) system.
In fact, you’d like to select the best EHR software for your practice… To get the best value for your money!
What are the minimum things to look for in an Electronic Health Record system?
Must be certified
Easy to use
Good training and support
Saves you money
Makes your practice more efficient.
Don’t forget Meaningful Use!
If you’re a Medicare or Medicaid health care provider, it’s in your best interest to know about CMS meaningful use. And it is critical that Medicare and Medicaid health care providers makes sure their electronic health record system enables them to meet EHR meaningful use criteria.
The Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) is running the show as far as the HITECH Act is concerned. And one of the ONC duties is to certify electronic health record software. The software not only must be certified, but it should be certified as a complete electronic health record solution.
Why is CMS meaningful use EHR Software important?
The Centers for Medicare Medicaid Services / CMS meaningful use criteria are used to measure quality and the ability to meet the goals of the HITECH Act. We need to reduce healthcare costs while increasing patient safety, enhancing the quality of care and making healthcare operations more efficient. Meeting meaningful use measures are requirements for receiving incentive payments.
CMS has designated certain Medicare and Medicaid health care providers as eligible to receive incentive payments. But even health care providers that are not eligible professionals as defined by CMS, can still benefit from the implementation of electronic health record software.
Moving from paper charts to electronic health records will result in decreased clerical and administrative type costs. Not to mention benefiting from the meaningful use criteria that have a direct bearing on patient safety and quality of care.
Hopefully, you’ve accepted the fact that you need and want an electronic health record system. And that you need it now! It’s the only way you can qualify for CMS inventive money under the HITECH Act.
What’s the Best Meaningful Use EHR Software?
There’s no easy answer. The best electronic health record software for one practice, is not the best option for another. One trend is for the large hospitals to push the hospital’s selected EHR software to all the physicians under their wing.
What’s great for the hospital is not necessarily the best choice for the physicians. And often, it is not the most cost effective solution for a small medical practice. Even if the hospital is offering financial assistance, the hospital recommended electronic health record system could still end up costing more.
Surveys have been done to determine the best EHR software. Multiple medical articles and publications have different views on which are the best electronic health record systems or electronic health record vendors.
After all there are over 200 certified EHR products in the “Complete EHR” category. That number doubles if you consider the partially certified and the non-certified.
We’ve compiled a report of the collective wisdom of the regional extension centers, Information week, AAFP / FPM and the Black Book.
Download this free white paper entitled “Best Electronic Health Record Software” http://electronichealthrecordrescue.com/Best-Electronic-Health-Record-Software.pdf
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