Friday, August 2, 2013

Tavenner, at CMS: EHRs Transforming Healthcare

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) administrator Marilyn Tavenner says "Electronic health records (EHRs) are transforming relationships between patients and their health care providers. EHRs improve care coordination,...and help patients take more control of their health and result in better overall health outcomes."

Eighty percent of eligible hospitals and more than 50 percent of eligible professionals have adopted EHRs and received meaningful use incentive payments from Medicare or Medicaid.

"More patients than ever before are seeing the benefits of their providers using electronic health records to help better coordinate and manage their care."
- Farzad Mostashari, MD, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology
As we noted yesterday the deployment of EHRs makes patient data more exposed to inappropriate and criminal access. The CMS data shows that 4.6 million patients received an electronic copy of their health information from their EHR since 2011. Increasingly, patients are requesting an accounting of disclosures - a report of everyone who has accessed their medical record.

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(a) EHRs 'transforming' care, says Tavenner -, 07/17/2013

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