Electronic Health Records
health record (EHR) provides a computerized version of a “paper chart.” EHRs must
be able to communicate and securely share patient information so that health
care providers have complete and accurate information to treat patients
effectively. They also need to make sure other providers who see the patient
have access to important medical background. HAP is working to help create secure
systems that support the seamless exchange of health information among health care providers.
Please see the latest trends from the Pennsylvania Findings from the AHA Health IT Survey
Health Information Exchange
HAP supported the creation of the Pennsylvania eHealth Partnership Authority to enable health information exchange (HIE) among
health care providers in Pennsylvania. The authority’s website provides many resources
that explain how HIE works.
The federal government has helped to advance the adoption and use of
electronic health record technology by hospitals and physicians by creating the
Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Records Incentive Programs. These programs
use a combination of payment incentives and penalties to get all providers to
use standardized EHRs to capture and share patient data (meaningful use). In
Pennsylvania Department of Human Services provides resources for health care providers
on the Medicaid Electronic Records Incentive Program.