ARRA Meaningful Use

Integrate OpenText digital fax solutions with your clinical records system to facilitate Meaningful Use requirements

The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) section of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) is transforming the face of healthcare IT in the United States faster than any technical or any other regulatory change in history. To be eligible for the scheme's  programs funds, Medicaid and Medicare providers must demonstrate "meaningful use" of electronic health records.

Central government programs encouraging electronic health records are not limited to the U.S. Other countries such as Denmark, Sweden, France and Canada see this as an essential step toward controlling health costs and improving patient care. Many hospitals and clinics face the daunting task of implementing an EHR that requires not only technology upgrades, but also drastic changes in the way physicians, nurses, technicians and support staff work.  Lack of usability, changes in business rules, and lack of clinician input into system design are risks that can jeopardize an EHR project.

For many providers, OpenText digital fax and document management solutions prove to be a vital bridge between the paper and digital worlds as well as a platform for maintaining critical HIPAA compliant communications between providers not on the same EHR system.   In some hospitals, fax machines, either on site or in remote clinics, have become the favored means of digitizing paper and routing documents into their EHR systems. Faxing into the EHR system is fast, familiar, convenient and secure. And not all people who need access to private health records can be on the same system, so it is extremely important to be able to fax health records directly from within the EHR and receive external documents as faxes into the system. OpenText works with the leading EHR vendors to ensure that faxing and document distribution are seamless.

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