July 2, 2009

Maybe Meaningful Use Will Not Require Buying a Full EMR Solution?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — HankMayers @ 11:47 am

It appears that the CCHIT has taken a major step on 6/18/09 by preparing to allow provider entities to implement EMR solutions that are not based on purchasing a comprehensive, and in some cases, high cost, vendor package. It is my opinion that this is a MAJOR concession to the small practice entities, or other healthcare entities that have have built EMR capability over time with multiple solutions for which they added needed integration. The implementation of this change by CCHIT is subject to the finalization of meaningful use by the feds this fall.

For entities that do not want to purchase a comprehensive EMR, they would be able to opt for the EHR-M ProgramA new, modular certification program for electronic prescribing, personal health records, registries, and other technologies. These components would have to be certified products

There will also be Site-Level Certifications – …enable providers who self-develop or assemble EHRs from non-certified sources.

What draw-backs might the ONC perceive with this recommendation from the CCHIT?

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