Health care is a team effort. Shared information supports that effort. When all team members can communicate with each other effectively and efficiently, everyone benefits—patients, their families, and providers. The Nation's health and economy benefit as well. Adopting electronic health records (EHRs) requires investment of time and money, but the benefits often outweigh the costs, and financial incentives are available to help providers make the transition.
For more information on the Value of EHRs, Electronic Prescribing, Some Facts and Figures on Transitioning to EHRs, Meaningful Use, and Other Information on EHRs, go to: http://nj.gov/health/njhit/providers/physicians/.
Meaningful use, which applies somewhat differently to hospitals and physicians, is using certified electronic health record (EHR) technology to:
• Improve quality, safety, efficiency, and reduce health disparities
• Engage patients and family
• Improve care coordination, and population and public health
• Maintain privacy and security of patient health information
Ultimately, it is hoped that the meaningful use compliance will result in:
• Better clinical outcomes
• Improved population health outcomes
• Increased transparency and efficiency
• Empowered individuals
• More robust research data on health systems
For more information on the value of Meaningful Use for Hospitals, please go to: http://nj.gov/health/njhit/providers/hospitals/.
The ability to exchange health information electronically is the foundation of efforts to improve health care quality and safety. HIE can provide:
• The connecting point for an organized, standardized process of data exchange across statewide, regional, and local initiatives
• The means to reduce duplication of services (resulting in lower health care costs)
• The means to reduce operational costs by automating many administrative tasks
• Governance and management of the data exchange process
For more information on Health Information Exchange, please go to: http://nj.gov/health/njhit/providers/exchange/.
Understanding Patients’ Individual Rights and Provider Responsibilities
The HIPAA Privacy Rule establishes a set of national standards for the use and disclosure of individually identifiable health information – often called protected health information (PHI) – by covered entities, as well as standards for providing individuals’ with health information privacy rights and helping individuals understand and control how their health information is used.
For more information on Privacy and Security, please go to: http://nj.gov/health/njhit/providers/privacy/.
The Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs will provide incentive payments to eligible professionals and hospitals as they adopt, implement, upgrade, or demonstrate meaningful use of certified electronic health records (EHR) technology.
Demonstrating meaningful use of certified EHRs takes time and resources. Eligible professionals (EPs) and hospitals can receive financial support from the CMS Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs.
For more information on EHR Incentives, please go to: http://nj.gov/health/njhit/providers/incentives/.
Several Health IT Stories have been selected from the federal site HealthIT.gov. New Jersey stories will be added in future, and you are encouraged to send us stories you would like to share about your experiences with Electronic Health Records, Health IT, and how they helped you as a provider or how they might have helped you had they been in place when you needed them.
For several Health IT Stories, please go to http://nj.gov/health/njhit/providers/stories/.
Both general and technical Federal Web sites are listed and described on the For More Information Page: http://nj.gov/health/njhit/providers/information/.