Electronic health records reduce medical errors,
ensure patient safety
records (EHR) are expected to reduce medical errors and bring down
while ensuring privacy, yet the number of health care professionals in
nation who have begun the transition is small.
July, the U.S. Department of Health and
Human Services Secretary announced final rules to help improve
health through the expanded use of EHR. Under the Health Information
for Economic and Clinical Health Act of 2009, eligible health care
professionals and hospitals can qualify for Medicare and Medicaid
payments when they adopt certified EHR technology and use it to achieve
The incentive programs, beginning next year,
are designed to support health care professionals during this period of
transition. Incentives are available for only a limited time, and the
legislation includes financial penalties for those who fail to achieve
meaningful use of an EHR for Medicare patients by 2015.
South Carolina Area Health Education
Consortium (AHEC) will host four regional conferences for health care
professionals and their staff members to offer information about EHR
information technology, federal expectations, and health information
resources in the state. There is no cost to attend these half-day
The first is scheduled for Sept. 17 in Greenville, while the conference
to Charleston is in Walterboro on Nov. 19.
“The use of electronic health records has
the potential to markedly improve the way health care is provided in
future,” said David Garr, M.D., South Carolina AHEC executive director.
South Carolina AHEC is pleased to assist with this important
Health was an early adopter of clinical
automation having implemented systems to ancillary areas such as
pharmacy and radiology, as well as establishing a Clinical Data
Clinical Results Viewer. The practice plan began using clinical
Family Medicine and Primary Care as early as 1995.
In 2004, the decision was made to
use of the ambulatory EHR system into other departments. Two years
Information Technology focus shifted to inpatient settings, where the
implementation of a cluster of closed-looped medication modules
Management, Medication Administration, Clinical Documentation and
Order Entry) was started.This
implementation will be completed by December.
Ph.D., chief information officer, said that MUSC Hospital Authority is
128 hospital organizations that has received recognition by the Health
Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) for reaching Stage 6 of
electronic medical record adoption model, joining such institutions as
Vanderbilt, Emory, Brigham & Women’s, Wake Forest and Mayo Clinic.
Friday, Sept. 10, 2010
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