The 2014th chapter of Healthcare Information And Management Systems (HIMSS14) discussed very deeply about the Electronic Health Record adoption incentive programs. The annual meeting noted that the criteria for the adoption of EHR and the meaningful use stage 2 attestation programs should be made clearer to the healthcare organizations across the country. The major focus of this year’s annual meeting was about changes that healthcare organizations have to make as per federal health IT regulations. Because there are several changes and modifications that healthcare organizations have to make, the meeting observed that it is right to provide the healthcare organizations with enough time to do the researches and make the changes effectively.
The Centres are being petitioned at the moment by a large number of healthcare organizations for flexibility in the mandatory adoption requirements. For most healthcare providers in the country, the transition from ICD-09 to ICD 10 has been a strenuous process. Likewise, the meaningful use Stage 2 attestation requirements are forcing them to seek more flexibility from the Centres. Meanwhile, CMS’s HIT Initiative group director Elizabeth Holland said that the Centres have received requests from healthcare organizations and are making necessary changes in the settings to make the transition easier and the adoption more widespread.
She said that the Center would undertake more investigations about the Stage 2 attestation trends in the coming days to identify the potential difficulties that healthcare organizations face during the transition period. She further said that the volume of people coming in for the Meaningful Use Stage 2 attestation has been great and hoped that if the current trend continued, the majority of the hospitals in the country will have very efficient electronic health records and practices within a few years of time.
More qualified providers making entry to EHR
The recent research by HIT Initiative group found out that there has been an unprecedented rise in the number of qualified providers coming into the field EHR software. This can gradually raise the standard of healthcare in the country. According to the opinion of Holland, if the EHR software that is being introduced to the market by the startup providers are good and tested to be fine for the current healthcare settings, their contribution to the healthcare industry would be voluminous.
Despite the sincere efforts by various governmental agencies, the adoption of EHR and the applications for Meaningful Use Stage 2 attestation have been relatively low in certain areas. CMR is planning to introduce more incentive plans to make progressive changes in this condition.