Healthcare Industry Moves Ahead in Technology with Mandatory EHR

By CIOReview | Thursday, October 8, 2015
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FREMONT, CA: Electronic Health Records (EHR) in healthcare industry is now mandatory, raising the need to bring regulations for secure exchange of information. To make the healthcare industry paper-less, the final rule for 2015 Edition Health IT Certification Criteria (2015 Edition) and final rule with comment period for the Medicare and Medicaid EHRs Incentive Programs have been formulated by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC). The major challenges faced by physicians were analyzed to make the changes in current requirements.

Employing EHR in the institutions will ease the reporting burden, support interoperability and boost patient outcome as well. Healthcare providers are offered time to change the program according to requirements. In case of technological difficulties, the providers can apply for hardship exceptions. Developers are also given more time to build user-friendly interface offering easy access to information; which keeps physicians engaged in patient care.

CMS also announces a 60-day public comment period to collect the feedback on EHR Incentive program specifically to frame Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). The act established the Merit-based Incentive Payment System and consolidates the quality measurement and federal incentive frameworks. The feedback will be used for future policy developments and also while implementing MACRA – probably releasing in spring of 2016.

Additionally, ONC announces the final rule for 2015 Edition Health IT Certification Criteria, which focuses on increasing interoperability and improving transparency in health IT industry.