You may have heard about the “meaningful use” regulation that was approved by Congress on July 13th as part of the HITECH act, laying out the specific requirements for hospitals and clinics that implement electronic health records to receive incentivized payments. The federal government is committing payments of up to $27 billion over 10 years – as much as $44,000 (through Medicare) and $63,750 (through Medicaid) per clinician – to those providers who use electronic health records (EHRs) to make significant improvements in medical care.
Of course, there are a number of distinct and potentially challenging objectives that need to be met by medical professionals to receive this funding – and pretty quickly too. To solve meaningful use, clinics will need more than an EHR and that’s where we come in.
Navigating Cancer helps solve the administrative burden that cancer clinics and EHR vendors will face by bridging the information gap between them and the patient. Our personalized patient platform will enable clinics to solve meaningful use as our tools touch on 12 of the 20 criteria that clinics are required to meet to qualify for incentive payments. One such feature is our Medical History Form, which enables cancer patients to manage, view and update their medical history on demand.
Look for more information in the coming weeks and months from us regarding how we will help clinics achieve meaningful use compliance, or send an email to info@ to schedule a demo of our platform.
In the meantime, we think the best resource to understand the changes can be found at the New England Journal of Medicine.