When analyzing CMS data showing improvements in healthcare associated with EHR usage, beware "clicks for cash" phenomenon, cautions one analyst.
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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released data from the Meaningful Use incentive program that it says proves doctors are using electronic health records (EHRs) to become more efficient and improve healthcare.
-- Providers have checked drug and medication interactions to ensure patient safety more than 40 million times through the use of EHRs.
-- Providers shared more than 4.3 million care summaries electronically with other providers when patients moved between care settings, resulting in better outcomes for their patients.
In a related blog post, Rob Tagalicod, director of the CMS' Office of eHealth Standards and Services, added these items to the laundry list:
-- More than 458 million test results were entered into EHRs by 111,954 eligible professionals (EPs).
-- Medication reconciliation was performed on over 40 million patient transitions of care by 83,035 EPs.
-- Almost 70,000 EPs sent at least one test data submission to immunization registries.
-- More than 12,000 EPs sent at least one test data submission to public health agencies.
In the CMS press release, Marilyn Tavenner, the agency's administrator, said, "Electronic health records are transforming relationships between patients and their health care providers. EHRs improve care coordination, reduce duplicative tests and procedures, help patients take more control of their health and result in better overall health outcomes."