Instituting effective infrastructure and implementation governance
Survey data released January 14, 2011, by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) show that 81 percent of the nation's hospitals and 41 percent of office-based physicians intend to register for federal incentive payments for adoption and meaningful use of certified electronic health record (EHR) technology.
This high level of provider intent, coupled with other Health Information Technology (HIT) requirements emanating from health care reform, is creating a pressing need for organizations to establish an effective governance structure to manage their meaningful use efforts. This structure is needed to deliver transformation in clinical workflows and quality outcomes through standards-driven technology capabilities aligned with health reform requirements. Meaningful use incentives provide a timely opportunity for providers to streamline their workflows and processes, and to implement the technology to deliver improved care at a reduced cost, while addressing future reform initiatives related to physician alignment and risk sharing2. Establishing an effective implementation and governance infrastructure is critical for achieving meaningful use. Further, it will be the key ingredient for provider organizations wishing to plan and prepare for reformed Medicare payment systems.
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- Ensuring the use of certified EHR technology to collect, store, calculate, and report on meaningful use criteria
- Determining the optimal timeline and application sequencing for achieving meaningful use
- Aligning reporting across systems and practice areas
- Assuring a proactive privacy and security program within the context of HITECH Act regulations
- Standardizing and aggregating clinical information across products, practice areas, and locations within a health care system to calculate measure thresholds for reporting