The Importance Of Health Information Technology

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The health information technology is a broad concept that encompasses an array of technologies to store, share and analyze health information. The use of HIT will help in preventing medical errors, improving quality of health care, reducing health care cost, decreasing paperwork, increasing administrative efficiency, and expanding access to affordable health care (U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, n.d.). The meaningful use is defined as the use of certified Electronic Health Recording (EHR) technology in a meaningful manner that safely exchanges, electronic health information to improve quality and efficiency of care (Centers for Disease control and Prevention [CDC], 2015). The goals of the adoption of health information technology …show more content…
The stage 3 concentrates on improved outcomes of the patients and focuses on improving quality, safety, and efficiency, leading to improved health outcomes (CMS, 2015). It will provide decision support for national high-priority conditions and patient access to self-management tools. To be eligible for stage 2 and 3, EPs and eligible hospitals must demonstrate the prior stage of MU for two consecutive years (CMS, 2014). Stage 3 is also expected to increase the EHR reporting time period of one full calendar year and thereby improving the flexibility of the program (Federal Register, 2015).
Health care providers and clinical sites eligible to participate in the
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This provides the patients a better access to their detailed electronic medical records and thus will enhance coordination and improve patient participation in their health care (Health, 2013). Close tracking of patients via EHR technology allows for early detection of health problems, treating conditions before they become acute, reduces unnecessary tests and procedures, which lowers overall treatment costs. The EHR provides accurate and up-to-date information on the patient in a confidential manner. Overall the MU will increase safety, empower patients, save money, and will build a healthcare environment that minimizes risk and provides greater quality

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