On Wednesday, September 1, 2010, MTBC hosted a free webinar entitled “A Practical Guide to Achieving ‘Meaningful Use’ of Your EHR”. The hour long information session was presented by Muhammad Chebli, Vice President of Information Technology for MTBC. Mr. Chebli provided a coherent strategy to achieve meaningful use, as defined by the Healthcare Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, through proper and pragmatic day-to-day use of EHRs. Instead of using sweeping technical terms, the webinar demonstrated “meaningful use” in a practical, easy-to-understand way that illustrated the day-to-day activities required to achieve “meaningful use”.
As you may know by now, you must “meaningfully use” your EHR effectively in order to earn the incentive bonuses that are available under the HITECH Act. Under the Act, healthcare providers that can demonstrate “meaningful use” of certified EHR technology are eligible to collect in excess of $44,000 in government bonuses. What’s more, healthcare providers that fail to successfully implement EHRs in their offices will eventually be penalized.
The webinar was well attended by healthcare providers from a variety of medical specialties. Some were just beginning to consider implementing electronic health records software in their practices, while others had already been using EHRs for some time. Many were users of MTBC EMR 4.0—MTBC’s CCHIT® Certified 2008 Ambulatory EHR, which the company provides free of charge for all clients of its 5% billing and practice management solution .A full reproduction of the webinar is available on MTBC’s website for any interested healthcare professionals who were unable to attend. To view the webinar or for more information on this topic, please click here.