North Dakota’s congressional delegation has recently announced that the state’s IT department is receiving a grant of over $5 million to apply to medical records and imaging technology.
The grant is part of a much larger national effort to establish a health information exchange that will drastically improve the quality and efficiency of health care.
By applying money toward medical records technology and medical imaging, outdated equipment will be updated and digital records will be created that can be accessed instantly and shared easily. The ability for instant-access anywhere will reduce turn-around time and improve patient care.
A new report from the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society’s (HIMSS) has found that hospitals will face significant challenges in order to comply with health IT requirements of the federal economic stimulus package.
HIMSS compared the requirements of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH) stimulus against its 7-stage Electronic Medical Record (EMR) Adoption Model (see image below).
The majority of HITECH requirements fall under the most difficult Electronic Medical Record categories – categories that very few hospitals currently meet, a recent article from Government Health IT points out: