The Utilization Of The American Recovery And Reinvestment Act

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With the utilization of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009, electronic health records are becoming a reality (De Leon et al., 2012, p. 169). Demonstrating “Meaningful Use” of electronic health records has allowed Medicaid and Medicare providers the opportunity to offer patient portals through compensation by the ARRA for software, hardware, and the support needed to implement the process (De Leon et al., 2012, p. 169).
According to the healthit.gov. website, “meaningful use is defined as using certified electronic health record (EHR) technology to improve safety, quality, efficiency, and reduce health disparities. It is intended to engage patients and family, improve care coordination, population, and public health and to preserve the security and privacy of patient health information.” (www.healthit.gov., n.d.).
Leon et al. (2012) states that the adoption of electronic health records would increase the efficiency of the healthcare system by decreasing the repetitious utilization of healthcare services and improved patient quality care (p. 174). There is also evidence that using electronic medical records increases patients involvement in their own management of their healthcare and making more informed decisions about their health (De Leon et al., 2012, p. 174).
Leon et al., (2012) also states that through the ARRA, Meaningful Use incentives require that providers exhibit the capability of communicating with patients by e-mail, patient portals or…

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