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1Running Head: Meaningful UseMeaningful Use: Electronic Health RecordsJessica Nash RN MSNWalden UniversityApril 8, 2018
2Running Head: Meaningful UseMeaningful Use: Electronic Health RecordsAccording to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (2017), Meaningful Use (MU) is the utilization of certified Electronic Health Record (EHR) technology in a meaningful manner; which includes improving quality, safety, efficiency, and the reduction of health disparities, engages patients and families in their own health, improves population/public health as well as care coordination, and ensures adequate privacy and security protection for patients personal health information. This paper will discuss the legal, financial, and ethical issues related to MU and the implementation of EHR systems. It will also discuss potential barriers to implementation of EHRs and how organizations can make the most of their EHR systems despite these barriers. Finally, this author will explain how meaningful use legislation has been implemented into the organization where she currently practices. Legal, Financial, and Ethical issuesThe American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) was signed by PresidentBarack Obama on February 17, 2009. Included in the ARRA is Title XIII, also known as the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) act, which seeks to increase and better the use of health Information technology (IT) in orderto improve healthcare delivery in the United States (U.S). Financial incentives were offered to organizations as a way to assist healthcare organizations in the implementation of EHRs and MU of them. The HITECH Act also provides assistance,
3Running Head: Meaningful Useresources, and tools related to implementation and utilization of EHRs, and inline with various provisions and regulations (HIMSS, 2018). Since this bill was signed many organizations have struggled, with implementing effective EHR systems into their practice. Reasons for this difficult implementation are related to legal, ethical, and financial issues. Legal IssuesOne legal issue created by the implementation of EHRs is that in contrast to the original paper-based health records (HR) where incomplete or illegible information was common place; EHRs store an almost unlimited amount of perfectly legible and instantly accessible patient information. This information includes nearly every aspect ofpatient care and it is now easily discoverable, which has resulted in massive amounts ofdata being compiled and stored in patient EHR databases (Sittig & Singh, 2011). Thus, this new found mountain of data may lead to information overload, which may result in providers overlooking key findings in patient care. This could result in the possibility of that same provider being found liable for negligence due to the information being only afew clicks away (Sittig & Singh, 2011).

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