11 Jun justification of purchasing the electronic medical record
Your consulting work with the physician’s group in Module Three earned you rave reviews and now your boss has asked you to put your skills to work in support of a local community health center. As the Assistant to the CFO you have been tasked with preparing a public statement on the justification of purchasing the electronic medical record.
After explaining the benefits of the EMR and making suggestions for ways the benefits can be determined, write a memo to the community health center’s Board of Directors that uses your determinations to justify the purchase of the EMR.
For additional details, please refer to the Module Five Journal Guidelines and Rubric document.
SNHU-IHP-450 5-1 Reflective Journal Benefits of a Capital Item
Link to: https://www.micromd.com/emr/advantages/
1. Advantages of EMR for the Patient
Improved diagnosis and treatment
Significantly fewer errors found within personal health records
Faster care and decision making responses from assigned medical professionals
2. Advantages of EMR for the Medical Practice
The ability to quickly transfer patient data from one department to the next is a huge asset
The space saving benefit of a digital records environment
The ability to ultimately increase the number of patients served per day for enhanced patient workflow and increased productivity
Improved results management and patient care with a reduction in errors within your medical practice
Reduced operational costs such as transcription services and overtime labor expenses
Customizable and scalable electronic medical records that can grow with your practice
Advanced e-Prescribing and clinical documentation capabilities
Plus an improved bottom line of the healthcare practice, enhanced through the ability to more accurately and efficiently process patient billing
Running the Numbers on an EHR: Applying Cost-Benefit Analysis in EHR Adoption
Are Electronic Medical Records Worth the Costs of Implementation?
Topic: CMS-Federal Mandates for Healthcare: Digital Record-Keeping Requirements for Public and Private Healthcare Providers
“As a part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, all public and private healthcare providers and other eligible professionals (EP) were required to adopt and demonstrate “meaningful use” of electronic medical records (EMR) by January 1, 2014 in order to maintain their existing Medicaid and Medicare reimbursement levels. Since that date, the use of electronic medical and health records has spread worldwide and shown its many benefits to health organizations everywhere.
“Meaningful use” of electronic health records (EHR), as defined by HealthIT.gov, consists of using digital medical and health records to achieve the following:
Improve quality, safety, efficiency, and reduce health disparities
Engage patients and family
Improve care coordination, and population and public health
Maintain privacy and security of patient health information
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act also included financial incentives for healthcare providers who prove meaningful use of electronic health records (EHR). EHR is not only a more comprehensive patient history than electronic medical records (EMR), the latter of which contains a patient’s medical history from just one practice, but was also the end-goal of the federal mandate.
Penalties were also issued to those healthcare organizations that were non-compliant. For example, EP’s who didn’t implement EMR/EHR systems and demonstrate their meaningful use by 2015 experienced a 1% reduction in Medicare reimbursements.”
Topic: CMS – 2018 Program Requirements
Link to: https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/42/300jj–19a
42 U.S. Code § 300jj–19a – Electronic health record reporting program
Link to: https://www.law.cornell.edu/cfr/text/42/part-495
Subpart A – General Provisions (§§ 495.2 – 495.60)
Subpart B – Requirements Specific to the Medicare Program (§§ 495.100 – 495.110)
Subpart C – Requirements Specific to Medicare Advantage (MA) Organizations (§§ 495.200 – 495.212)
Subpart D – Requirements Specific to the Medicaid Program (§§ 495.300 – 495.370)
The electronic medical record and COVID-19: Is it up to the challenge?
Link to: https://www.ajicjournal.org/article/S0196-6553(20)30274-1/pdf
Emergency EMR created in a week to respond to COVID-19 crisis
Link to: https://www.regenstrief.org/article/emergency-emr-created-response-covid-19-using-openmrs/
Predicting COVID-19 mortality with electronic medical records
Link to: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41746-021-00383-x
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