The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released new data that demonstrate that doctors and hospitals are using EHRs to provide more information securely to patients and are using that information to help manage their patients' care.
Doctors, hospitals, and other eligible health care providers that have adopted or meaningfully used certified EHRs can receive incentive payments through the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs. Already, approximately 80% of eligible hospitals and more than 50% of eligible professionals have adopted EHRs and received incentive payments from Medicare or Medicaid.
By meaningfully using EHRs, doctors and other health care providers prove they have been able to increase efficiency while safeguarding privacy and improving care for millions of patients nationwide. Since the EHR Incentive Programs began in 2011:
Providers shared more than 4.3 million care summaries with other providers when patients moved between care settings resulting in better outcomes for their patients.
Now, more than ever, EHRs are enabling more patients to access their health information, and allowing health care providers across a variety of settings to share patient medical records and information securely, while still protecting patient privacy.
"Electronic health records are transforming relationships between patients and their health care providers," says CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner. "EHRs improve care coordination, reduce duplicative tests and procedures, help patients take more control of their health and result in better overall health outcomes."
"More patients than ever before are seeing the benefits of their providers using electronic health records to help better coordinate and manage their care," says Farzad Mostashari, MD, national coordinator for health information technology. "These data show that health care professionals are not only adopting electronic health records rapidly, they’re also using them to improve care."
Source: Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology