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Health Information Technology

Health care is digitizing at a rapid pace and it can be daunting to know how to react. Below are several resources to help you navigate the ever changing world of health information technology.

"Meaningful Use" & Federal Health IT Incentives

"Meaningful Use" & EHR Incentive Program

The EHR incentive program was established by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) to promote the adoption of electronic health records by practitioners. Within the law, incentive payments may be awarded through the Medicare or Medicaid programs to providers to “meaningfully use" the new technology and it further specifies three main components of “meaningful use":

  • The use of a certified EHR in a meaningful manner, such as e-prescribing.
  • The use of certified EHR technology for electronic exchange of health information to improve quality of health care.
  • The use of certified EHR technology to submit clinical quality and other measures.

Simply put, "meaningful use" means providers need to show they're using certified EHR technology in ways that can be measured significantly in quality and in quantity.

HealthIT.gov Mobile Devices Privacy and Security

Additional Resources
EHR Penalties Set to Take Effect in 2015
Final Regulations on Program
Eligibility Requirements
Registration Materials
Approved EHR Systems for Program (select “Ambulatory")
Stage 1 Information
Stage 2 Information

Medicare Program Attestation Guide
Medicaid Program Attestation Tip Sheet
Apply for a Hardship Exception

Online Tools

Electronic Health Records
Before You Sign that EHR Agreement...
Five factors to look for in a certified EHR specialist
EMR Buyer’s Guide: Considerations for Practices Evaluating EMR
The Electronic Medical Record and the future of dentistry

E-Prescribing
E-Prescribing Incentive and Penalty Reminder
Implementation of DEA CS e-Prescribing Rule Prompts Boards to Offer Licensees Guidance
Stand-Alone E-Prescribing: Ready or Not?

Hardware & Software
Find a vendor on the AAOMS Supplier Marketplace
Common Misconceptions about Computer Hardware and Networks
When purchasing practice management software – don’t overlook software support
EHR Contracts: Key Contract Terms for Users to Understand

Privacy & Security
HIPAA Security Compliance: A Cornerstone in the E-Health Superstructure

News & Events

E-Prescribing Far from Error-Free
CMS Aligns e-Prescribing Incentive Program with Meaningful Use
CMS develops new EHR Incentive for Health Professional Shortage Areas
CMS starts Meaningful Use attestation audits