This program depends on health informatics professionals for its success. To plan, begin, and fully implement a full EHR and HIE exchange takes knowledge and experience in the Health Informatics field. I can only assume this program will impact the Health Informatics workforce in a positive way, because it aids in making HIT professionals increasingly necessary in the medical community thus creating jobs that are not available today.
2B. The Medicaid and Medicare EHR Incentive Programs
I am discussing both the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Records Incentive Programs together because of their same goal and similarity. The goal of the programs is to encourage and entice the medical community to implement the EHR with payment incentives. Eligible medical professionals and hospitals can receive payments up to $63,750 a year depending on which program the participant qualifies for. Eligibility requires that the participants maintain a set percentage of either Medicaid or Medicare patients, implementation of a certified EHR system, and showing “meaningful use” of the