The Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced the next set of steps towards the implementation of electronic health records (EHR). These changes are designed to facilitate better coordination of patient care and reduce medical errors. They will also help to eliminate duplicate screenings and tests and encourage greater patient participation in their own care.
The program involves three stages:
- Stage 1 specifies the basic functionalities that electronic health records must include such as electronic capture of data and provision of patients with electronic copies of their health information.
- Stage 2 will begin in 2014. It will increase health information exchange between providers. It will also encourage patient involvement by providing them secure online access to their health information.
- Stage 3 will continue to expand meaningful use objectives to improve health care outcomes.
The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act states that doctors, health care professionals and hospitals would become eligible for Medicare and Medicaid incentive payments when they implement and significantly use certified electronic health record (EHR) technology.
Physicians and health care practices have more time to get used to EHR before standards are improved even further. Helping health care providers migrate to electronic health records are BPO service providers like MOS. This company provides a wide range of practice management solutions such as medical transcription, medical billing, document conversion, data entry, insurance collections, medical coding, and more. A reliable outsourcing partner, MOS is focused on assisting health care providers implement the new changes so that they can qualify for incentives and meet the criteria to achieve the certification of EHR technology.