U.S. Government Offers $30 Million to Help Critical Access Hospitals Achieve Meaningful Use and Enhance Patient care
veEDIS™ Emergency Department Software Can Help Position Hospitals for FundingDate: November 30, 2012
Plantation, FL – The Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health IT recently issued a challenge to get 1,000 critical access and small, rural hospitals to adopt electronic health records (EHR) and achieve Meaningful Use by the end of 2014. The U.S. government is directing up to $30 million through its Regional Extension Center program to help these hospitals succeed before the Medicare penalties for noncompliance start in 2015.
“For hospitals needing an extra boost to meet or exceed Meaningful Use Federal guidelines or that may be struggling financially to adopt an EHR system for attestation, these funds can help,” stated Thomas L. Grossjung, President and CEO of veEDIS Clinical Systems, LLC.
According to a study from Weil Cornell Medical College in New York, there is a positive association between the use of EHRs and higher quality of care scores in a typical community-based setting. This means that the federal government’s investment in health IT and the resulting increase in utilization of EHR systems will also help to improve overall quality of care within hospitals.
Hospitals looking to obtain incentive funds may want to consider starting with an Emergency Department Information System. veEDIS advanced Emergency Department management software offers an avenue for these hospitals to qualify on a rapid pace. Developed by a team of established healthcare and technology professionals with 20 years of Emergency Department experience, veEDIS is a Drummond Group certified EHR technology (CEHRT) that can help qualify hospitals to receive payments under Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record Incentive Programs. Additionally, critical access and small rural hospitals have found veEDIS to be easily adaptable to their current methods of patient care and benefit from using software that has traditionally been reserved for large city hospitals with significant budgets.
Using veEDIS cloud-base technology, critical access and small rural hospitals may be able to qualify for funds through the Office of the National Coordinator. veEDIS can also assist in streamlining emergency room management to improve the accuracy, efficiency and accessibility of critical health information while achieving Meaningful Use and enhancing patient care. For further information about the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT program visit www.healthit.hhs.gov. For further information about veEDIS visit www.veedis.com or call (954) 344-0498, extension 2018.