The passage of the ARRA HITECH Act in 2009 fostered significant advancements in patient engagement and care coordination by incentivizing primarily physical health providers and acute care hospitals to make smarter use of technology. Specifically, the Act provided funding for eligible providers and hospitals to adopt electronic health records (EHR) and then “meaningfully use” those EHRs to improve care coordination, reduce health disparities, promote population health, enhance patient engagement, and maintain patient privacy.
Eligible providers and hospitals benefit greatly from transferring patient records from the filing cabinet to the computer. Information becomes instantaneously available to inform improved patient engagement and person-centered care decisions. Most importantly, this information can be used to manage a patient’s care across the many health systems he or she uses. Continue Reading