Health care reform poses both challenges and opportunities for health care providers and professionals. Health care reform also contains many provisions and requirements that are intended to improve the efficiency of the health care delivery system. We want to inform and support providers and professionals by providing the latest health care information and strategies that focus on the delivery of increased access to patient-centered, cost effective, quality care.
SFREC will partner and work with you to identify successful approaches and overcome any barriers as you move forward in developing and implementing policies and practices for the “post-reform” health care service delivery model.
Find out the very latest information about
Meaningful Use (MU)
Electronic health records can provide many benefits for providers and their patients, but the benefits depend on how they're used. Meaningful use is the set of standards defined by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Incentive Programs that governs the use of electronic health records and allows eligible providers and hospitals to earn incentive payments by meeting specific criteria. For details about the incentive programs, visit the CMS website.
Privacy, security and electronic health records (EHRs)
Ensuring privacy and security of health information, including information in electronic health records (EHR), is a key component to building the trust required to realize the potential benefits of electronic health information exchange. If individuals and other participants in a network lack trust in electronic exchange of information due to perceived or actual risks to electronic health information or the accuracy and completeness of such information, it may affect their willingness to disclose necessary health information and could have life-threatening consequences.
Transitioning to EHRs – what you need to know and the steps to successful completion
The steps to complete this process include:
- Assess Your Practice Readiness
- Plan Your Approach
- Select or Upgrade to a Certified EHR
- Conduct Training & Implement an EHR System
- Achieve Meaningful Use
- Continue Quality Improvement
For information regarding the necessary steps for successful transition to EHRs.
Why adopting EHRs matter to the Health Care Provider Community, their Patients and Stakeholders
National Center for Cognitive Informatics and Decision Making in Healthcare
There are multiple stakeholders in pediatric electronic health records (EHRs) including providers, patients and families, payers, policymakers, and the public health community. Each of these stakeholders has unique sets of interests and needs. Getting stakeholder input early in the process will allow the stakeholders' needs to be more integrated into the EHR and to address stakeholder concerns before the system is implemented. Ultimately, getting stakeholder involvement entails addressing their needs with an EHR system that provides added value in order to improve health outcomes, quality, and efficiency.
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