Read updates from ONC’s Beacon Communities about how they are helping the nation transition to electronic health records. Beacon Communities serve as examples of health IT in action. These communities have made significant inroads in the development of secure, private, and accurate systems of electronic health record adoption and health information exchange. Check out a short film about the Beacon Communities on our YouTube Channel to learn more.
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Using Electronic Health Records and Other Health IT Tools to Measure and Improve Quality of Care: Lessons Learned from the Beacon Communities
Using electronic health records and other health IT tools to improve quality measurement for better patient care is essential to support ongoing quality improvement efforts.
It’s hard to believe that yet another year has passed and we are once again upon our industry’s largest event: the annual Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Conference. As in years past, ONC will have a significant presence at the conference.
The health information team at the Keystone Beacon Community has developed a new health information exchange (HIE) implementation tool that will allow any skilled nursing facility to share a patient’s information inexpensively and securely—with or without an electronic health record. Thanks to this innovative approach, previously inaccessible information collected by critical long-term and post- acute care facilities can be added to a patient’s health record, enabling the patient’s care team to work better together. That’s good medicine for all of us.