Healthcare Organizations Taking a Closer Look at Their EHR Policies

Healthcare Organizations Taking a Closer Look at Their EHR PoliciesNow that healthcare providers are working on Stage 2 Meaningful Use, they are required to take a closer look at their EHR compliance and governance polices. What makes this particularly challenging is that 40% of healthcare providers do not currently utilize EHRs. Of the 60% that do, only 63% have the required multidisciplinary committee or advisory board in place.

Many healthcare providers initially believed that making the move to EHRs would be fast and simple, but they are finding is that it requires a significant amount of training as well as entirely new internal operations. On top of that, due to patient privacy compliance, they must put in place an advisory board or committee to regulate and implement how data is stored.

In order to ensure that they can do their job to the best of their ability, healthcare providers must find committee or advisory board members who have a great understanding of both their internal operations, and the vulnerabilities of EHRs.

Almost all healthcare providers are making these adjustments in order to comply with Stage 2 Meaningful Use. When done properly, EHRs offer a significant amount of internal organization benefits as well as a whole new method of creating reports and analytics.

EHRs can be quite useful when delving into financial analytics, and clinical analytics. However, in order for the data to be accurate, it must be input accurately, and into the correct data banks. Determining which types of data banks each health care provider will benefit most from, will be part of the committee or advisory board’s responsibility.

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