January 18, 2016

Public Can't Afford Further Delay on Health Tech, Medical Records Integration

Former Representative Dr. J. Phillip Gingrey, a senior advisor with the District Policy Group at Drinker Biddle, recently published an op-ed in The Hill titled, “Public can’t afford further delay on health tech, medical records integration.” The piece discusses the need for Congress to create a more accountable regulatory framework that results in electronic health records (EHRs) being fully implemented and operating properly.

EHRs are digital records containing patient medical information that have the potential to improve health care efficiency and enhance patient safety. However, less than half of U.S. hospitals have met the meaningful use criteria for EHR systems and still more do not meet physician and patient needs. In July, the U.S. House passed the 21st Century Cures Act, which included penalties for EHR decertification and civil monetary fines on health care providers.

Dr. Gingrey urges Congress to advance these provisions in the 21st Century Cures Act and to assist the Office of the National Coordinator for Health and Information Technology in the certification process for EHR technology vendors.

To read the article, click the link below.

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