Avera has participated in the Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program since 2012. This program is designed to encourage providers and hospitals to utilize certified electronic health record technology to improve quality, safety, efficiency and reduce health disparities. An important part of meaningful use is the ability to engage patients and their families in their health care by implementing electronic technology, such as AveraChart.
The threshold for Electronic Patient Access (AveraChart) is >5% of patients will electronically access their health record on-line. Avera worked hard to meet this very challenging measure and as of now all five main regions are above 10%.
Meaningful use is also intended to increase coordination of care between health care facilities and providers by sharing pertinent patient data. In order to meet this measure, >10% of transferring patients need to have their health information shared electronically.
All five main regions are well above that percentage. We are proud that 29 facilities are passing all measures for Stage 2 and 5 facilities are passing all measures for Stage 1.
By 2018 all of our facilities will attest to Stage 3, the final stage of Meaningful use.
Avera has successfully participated in the Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program (aka Meaningful Use) for Eligible Professionals (EP) since 2011. This program is designed to encourage providers and hospitals to utilize certified EHR technology to improve quality, safety, efficiency, patient engagement and to reduce disparities.
Avera continues to oversee the metrics data and reporting of over 330 providers successfully participating in Stage 1 and Stage 2 Meaningful Use as well as Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) for over 800 providers spanning four states.
The combination of accurate tracking, timely feedback and progressive reporting to proactively identify improvement opportunities ensures that Avera is well positioned in an ever changing healthcare environment.