TheHITECH Act was created for the purpose of facilitating healthcareproviders to have an electronic data management system for theirpatients. Such a strategy was created to enhance the HIPAA Act, andas a result, it would enable patients to receive high-qualityservices from health facilities (Kempfert, & Reed, 2011). The Acthas had great impacts, especially to our organization, given a numberof incentives and facilitation that it has provided us, and thereby,made it quite easier for the facility to ensure that patient recordsare well safeguarded, which goes a long way to be of value to allthose who are involved.
Oneof the ways in which the Act has had a positive impact on the healthfacility is that it has enabled a systematic storage of patientinformation. Such a measure has allowed the facility to provide thenecessary services at a fast rate, given the fact that most of thepatient data are already exist and is easily retrievable (Arlotto,2010). A health professional can, therefore, easily identify thehealth history of a given patient by going through the saidelectronic records, and this shortens the time between the momentthat a health professional has had the first contact with a patientand the time that he offers the therapy required. Such a processensures that the facility can serve many patients on a single daythan before.
Thehealth facility has also been able to easily take in patients whohave transferred from other facilities or healthcare providers. Thisis because of the ease of sharing patient data among the healthcareproviders and, therefore, the facility can obtain the necessaryinformation so that it can provide an opportunity to accord thenecessary care that is bound to make the patient acquire the originalstate of health. The HITECH Act has also enabled the facility tobuild enough data to provide the opportunity to carry out anevaluation of its activities so as to establish whether it isoperating within the required recommendations and, therefore, makethe necessary actions, where appropriate so as to improve the qualityof their services. All these measures have been made possible throughthe intensives that are made through Medicaid to help ensure that theprocess of keeping electronic data records of patients is achieved.
Anarticle by Blumenthal &Tavenner (2010) highlights thejustification for using electronic health records as well as therequisite to ensure that proper incentives are provided so as to makethe services benefit a large number of people. The action also helpsto motivate health care providers to adopt its use for the benefit oftheir facilities as well as in the interest of all the patients whovisit said heath facilities. The article goes a long way todemonstrate the ability to meet requirements for meaningful use.
Oneof the issues that the article raises is how easy it is to shareelectronic health records among healthcare providers (Blumenthal&Tavenner, 2010). As a result, it may be quite easier for healthprofessionals to have a joined action regarding a given healthproblem, even if they are no near one another geographically.Notably, this is because such professionals could be cleared to haveaccess to the health records of a said facility, and, therefore, joinin an action that will ensure that they can suggest a therapy thatwill be of great help to a given patient. With a proper use ofElectronic health records, they may be of great impact not only to apatient but also to a given health facility.
Arlotto,P. (2010). 7 strategies for improving HITECH readiness. (HealthcareFinancial Management), 64(11), 90-96.Retrieved from the WaldenLibrary databases.
Blumenthal,D., &Tavenner, M. (2010).The “meaningful use” regulation forelectronic health records. NewEngland Journal of Medicine, 363(6),501-504. Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.
Kempfert,A. E., & Reed, B. D. (2011). Health care reform in the UnitedStates: HITECH Act and HIPAA privacy, security, and enforcementIssues. FDCC Quarterly, 61(3), 240-273.Retrieved from theWalden Library databases.