After months of meetings, planning sessions and test runs, South Nassau Communities Hospital, Oceanside, N.Y, recently became one of 840 hospitals nationwide to complete the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ electronic health record incentive program attestation requirement for meaningful use stage 2.
According to a news release, MU2 increases health information exchange between providers and promotes patient engagement by giving patients secure online access to their health information. Only 14.6% of hospitals in the U.S. have been able to attest for MU2 certification.
The objectives that had to be achieved were challenging, but our EMR team of nurse and pharmacist informaticists, supported by our performance improvement staff and Allscripts Healthcare consultants, worked tirelessly to mold the Allscripts Sunrise EMR into a platform that could capture and report our compliance data to CMS, on a stringent schedule, Richard Murphy, president and CEO, said in the release. That is typical of the drive and motivation behind the healthcare team at South Nassau.
The U.S. government introduced meaningful use as part of the 2009 Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act to encourage healthcare providers to show meaningful use of a certified electronic health record.
The program sets specific objectives that eligible healthcare providers must achieve to qualify for the CMS EHR incentives program. Meaningful use uses EHR technology to improve quality, safety, efficiency, and reduce health disparities; engage patients and family; improve care coordination, and population and public health; and maintain privacy and security of patient health information, according to the release.
Reaching this major milestone could not have been accomplished without the dedication of numerous hospital staff and physician leadership focused on the requirements defined by CMS, Mark Bogen, South Nassaus CFO, said in the release.
According to the CMS, many of the meaningful use requirements directly affect patients, giving them greater access to their health information and enhancing their relationship with providers.
We are very pleased to have achieved this important benchmark, said John Mertz, South Nassaus chief information officer. The accomplishment underscores our commitment to the health and wellness of our patients and is a reflection of the dedication of our technical and clinical team members. We are looking forward to continuing to leverage technology to deliver the best possible outcomes for our patients.