What Are The Attributes Of A Certified EHR?


What Are The Attributes Of A Certified EHR?

Post the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH Act), the demand for Electronic Health Records has notably increased amidst several physicians and hospitals. Some of this surge is attributed to the innumerable benefits of EHR as well as the incentive programmes that have been introduced to encourage the application of Electronic Health Records Nationwide. With its thorough software design the cloud based electronic health records has a promising future not only in America but also worldwide.

But with a spurt in the demand of EHRs, it often becomes confusing to choose the right one that will aid in delivering meaningful use, which will in turn result in optimum utilisation of the software. Thus to resolve this dilemma, the authorities have introduced the need for the organisations to adopt a certified EHR which will in the long run aid in attaining a holistic health care for the nation. Let us look into the qualities that are associated with a certified EHR.

  • Stores data in an organized manner.
  • They follow the established standards for organised data set by the Centres of Medicare and Medicaid services (CMS) and Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONS) such as interoperability, e prescription, capability to store an up to date problem list of past and recent diagnoses in a structured format, designed with a clinical alert feature and not only store the data but also compute it, thereby contributing to improving the quality of healthcare with eligible professionals and hospitals.
  • A Certified Electronic Health Record has a CMS EHR certification ID obtained through Certified Health IT Product List (CHPL).This ID is an indication that the product has been tested by eligible professionals and hospitals to achieve meaningful use.
  • The organisations and professionals who have implemented a certified EHR and attained the meaningful use objective are eligible for the Medicare and Medicaid EHR incentive programme.
  • They are listed on Certified Health IT Product List.

To sum it up a certified Electronic Health Records provides assurance to the users and the patients that the software is technologically capable to efficiently achieve meaningful use objectives and preventive measures.