EHRs and Meaningful Use Transforming Patient Care

Since 2011, more than 4.6 million patients have received an electronic copy of their health information from their EHR, according to CMS.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released a data stating that an increasing amount of healthcare providers are using electronic health records (EHR) to improve their patients’ care and provide more information to their patients regarding their health.

The data also reveals that more than 50 percent of eligible healthcare professionals and more than 80 percent of eligible hospitals in U.S. have received meaningful use incentives since the program’s inception. Using EHRs, physicians and care providers have been able to provide improved patient care to millions and also boosted their efficiencies and productivity.

Farzad Mostashari, MD and National Coordinator highlighting the benefits and achievements of the program said, “More patients than ever before are seeing the benefits of their providers using electronic health records to help better coordinate and manage their care. These data show that health care professionals are not only adopting electronic health records rapidly, they’re also using them to improve care.”

According to CMS, the various achievements since the EHR Incentive Programs began in 2011 are as follows:

  • More than 190 million electronic prescriptions have been sent by doctors, physician’s assistants and other health care providers using EHRs.
  • Healthcare professionals sent 4.6 million patients an electronic copy of their health information from their EHRs.
  • More than 13 million reminders about appointments, required tests, or check-ups were sent to patients using EHRs.
  • Providers have checked drug and medication interactions to ensure patient safety more than 40 million times through the use of EHRs.
  • 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.

Marilyn Tavenner, CMS Administrator in a press statement said, “Electronic health records are transforming relationships between patients and their health care providers. EHRs improve care coordination, reduce duplicative tests and procedures, and help patients take more control of their health and result in better overall health outcomes.”

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