Long term care providers may have to start looking for the government’s approval when shopping for electronic health records systems, if a newly proposed certification criteria takes effect. Long term care and post-acute care have generally been excluded from the government’s Meaningful Use program, but recently, the government has proposed voluntary certification criteria for EHR systems used in nursing homes and post-acute settings. The draft criteria are “focused on interoperability, privacy and security, and modularity that will improve providers’ access to the functionality they need from their electronic health records.” In addition, the proposed criteria includes the ability to “create, maintain and transmit” Minimum Data Set assessments and data sets. The aim of the EHR certification is to create more uniformity in the market.
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