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EHR Certified - Ambulatory

ShareNote.com has received the federal goverment's "meaningful use" stamp of approval by earning the ambulatory EHR certification via the Drummond Group. The designation officially deems ShareNote.com capable of enabling providers to qualify for funding under the American Recover and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

What Is It?

"Our recovery plan will invest in electronic health records and new technology that will reduce errors, bring down cost, ensure privacy, and save lives." - President Obama (February 24, 2009)

In a Proposed Rule (CMS-0033-P) dated January 13, 2010, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published the criteria that can be used to justify that an eligible professional (EP) or hospital is making meaningful use of EHRs. CMS says that EPs or hospitals shall be considered a meaningful EHR user for a reporting period if they meet three requirements: (1) they demonstrate the use of certified EHR technology in a meaningful manner; (2) they demonstrate to the satisfaction of the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) that certified EHR technology is connected in a manner that provides for the electronic exchange of health information to improve the quality of healthcare (eg, promoting care coordination), and (3) using their certified EHR technology, they submit information on clinical quality measures to HHS and in a form and manner specified by HHS. HHS expects providers to adopt meaningful use in several stages. (via Nurse Practitioner World News)

What It Means to You

On February 17, 2009, the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) was signed by President Barack Obama. Physicians and providers can qualify for up to $44,000 in Medicare incentives upon demonstration of "meaningful use" of a certified Electronic Health Record (EHR) beginning in 2011 under the ARRA.

With ShareNote.com's EHR certified system, you receive:

  • Accurate and complete information about a patient's health. That way they can give the best possible care, whether during a routine visit or a medical emergency.
  • The ability to better coordinate the care they give. This is especially important if a patient has a serious medical condition.
  • A way to securely share information with patients and their family caregivers over the Internet, for patients who opt for this convenience. This means patients and their families can more fully take part in decisions about their health care.
  • Information to help doctors diagnose health problems sooner, reduce medical errors, and provide safer care at lower costs.

via the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

For more information, visit CMS.gov's page on EHR Incentive Programs