Although long term and post acute providers are not part of the Meaningful Use program, their use of electronic health records help improve care transitions of patients, according to health IT expert Bill Russell, M.D., as reported in McKnight’s Long Term Care News.
Russell, in a release reflecting on a presentation he gave at the American Health Information Management Association’s annual Long Term Care and Post Acute Providers Health IT Summit in Baltimore, noted that EHRs can help acute and post acute providers work together and coordinate care.
Poor patient care transitions are a major concern and a frequent cause of hospital readmissions and longer length of stays. EHRs can standardize much of the communication among providers. Both care coordination and interoperability among different provider types are building blocks for Stage 2 of Meaningful Use.
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