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.
Stage 1 and Stage 2 focused on getting data into our EHRs and encouraging patients to be more engaged in their health care through the use of the patient portal. Modified Stage 2 Meaningful Use in 2017 ends March 31 and on January 1, 2018, we will begin attestation for Stage 3. Stage 3 concentrates on coordination of care and interoperability. Interoperability is the ability of a system or device to exchange data and interpret that shared data. That shared data must be presented in a way that can be understood by a user. As we shared a patient’s summary of care record with another facility in Stage 2; we will be expanding that in Stage 3. We will not only send summary of care documents but request/accept summary of care documents with the ability to incorporate that data from another facility into our EHR.
All Avera facilities have attested successfully to Modified Stage 2 in 2016 and are passing all measures in 2017. We are proud of the accomplishments thus far and look forward to the challenges of Stage 3.
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.