Response post Wk9-6051.docx - To prepare Review the Learning Resources on the HITECH legislation and its primary goals Reflect on the positive and

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To prepare:Review the Learning Resources on the HITECH legislation and its primary goals.Reflect on the positive and negative impact this legislation has had on your organization or one with which you are familiar.Consider the incentives to encourage the use of EHRs. Focus on the definition ofmeaningful use and how it is measured.Reflect on how the incentives and meaningful use impact the quality of patient care.Find an article in the Walden Library dealing with one of the criteria to qualify for meaningful use and how it has been successfully met.By Day 3Posta description of how HITECH legislation has positively or negatively impacted yourorganization. Address how its related incentives influence the adoption of health information technology in health care and impact the quality of patient care. Provide a summary of the article you identified and explain how it demonstrates the ability of health information technology to meet the requirements of meaningful use.Response# 3 HITECHThe widespread use of electronic health records (EHRs) in the United States is inevitable.EHRs will improve caregivers' decisions and patients' outcomes.(Bates, & Gawande, 2003)Once patients experience the benefits of this technology, they will demand nothing less fromtheir providers. Hundreds of thousands of physicians have already seen these benefits in theirclinical practice. Also HITECH’s goal is not adoption alone but “meaningful use” of EHRs —that is, their use by providers to achieve significant improvements in care. The legislation tiespayments specifically to the achievement of advances in health care processes and outcomes.HITECH calls on the secretary of health and human services to develop specific “meaningfuluse” objectives. With the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in the lead, theDepartment of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has used an inclusive and open process todevelop these criteria, providing an extensive opportunity for public and professional input
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Meaningful Use of HITECHCore objectives comprise basic functions that enable EHRs to support improved healthcare. As a start, these include the tasks essential to creating any medical record, including theentry of basic data: patients' vital signs and demographics, active medications and allergies, up-to-date problem lists of current and active diagnoses, and smoking status.(Blumenthal, &Tavenner. 2010)Core objectives include using several software applications that begin to realize the true potentialof EHRs to improve the safety, quality, and efficiency of care. These features help clinicians tomake better clinical decisions — and avoid preventable errors. To qualify for incentivepayments, clinicians must start employing such clinical decision support tools. They must alsostart using the capability that undergirds much of the value of EHRs: using records to enterclinical orders and, in particular, medication prescriptions. Only when providers enter orders
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  • Spring '16
  • Doris Kunkel
  • Nursing, health information, HITECH

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