For the healthcare industry, the term “meaningful use” guides many electronic healthcare record (EHR) and electronic medical record (EMR) implementations. It’s important to differentiate between EHR and EMR software as the terms are not interchangeable. EMR applications are the building blocks for fully interoperable EHR systems and provide the data necessary for EHR implementation.
The HITECH Act, enacted as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, mandates that all U.S. physicians and hospitals achieve “meaningful use” of EHR systems by 2014. Physicians and hospitals can receive incentive payments for using certified EHR systems that pass the test of functionality, reliability, security and compliance.
Electronic health records are designed to improve patient care and reduce healthcare delivery costs. Many EHR and EMR vendors offer functionality that supports these goals. Key software functionality includes the ability to capture, update and exchange information and the ability to view patient care quality measures in an interface dashboard. Another important feature is the ability to use data to determine which patients are at high risk of certain diseases. EHR systems should be interoperable meaning they must be able to communicate with each other in the event that healthcare providers need to exchange information.
Our consultants are aware of the potential pitfalls of ERP selection projects and can help hedge against project cost overruns, software that is misaligned with business needs, and lack of return on investment. The ERP team has industry specific expertise that helps achieve measurable business improvements.