Essay about Electronic Health Records

1529 Words Jul 20th, 2015 7 Pages
Meaningful Use
There are now federal laws and incentives for the meaningfully use of electronic health records. The expressed need for this type of technology was because of a report by the Institute of Medicine in 1999 entitled “To Err is Human”. The report states 44,000 to 98,000 deaths in the United States was due to medical error. It went on to speak on the safety of the patient and spoke in depth about the many aspects healthcare which impact the patient. This reported was an advocate for electronic health record use to prevent error. Former President George W. Bush in his State of the Union address emphasize the need for this type of technology. Now there are federal office which is the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology that oversees the Healthcare Information Technology. There are benefits to the adoption of electronic health records because they provide complete and accurate information. The allow better access to information for patient empowerment. The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act came as a result of President Obama signing the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in February 2009. The ARRA allocated the funds for Medicaid, health research, benefits for the recently uninsured, prevention and wellness, and research on making healthcare treatments more effective. The HITECH promoted the expansion of the electronic heath records and a total of $22 billion was allocated with $19.2 for the…

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