Medical Records Revolution

 

 

The demand to revolutionize medical records has been recognized by the government.  

 

President George W. Bush, in his State of the Union Address in 2006, addressed the situation of medical records, "We can control healthcare costs and improve care by moving American medicine to the information age."

 

Additionally, three very important Federal Mandates recently passed regarding Electronic Medical Records:

 

1996 - Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)

2003 - Medicare Prescription Drug Improvement and Modernization Act (MMA)

2004 - Executive Order 13335 call for the complete computerization of healthcare

2007 - President Bush calls for all US citizens to have Electronic Medical Records by 2014

 

Legislation

 

Recently, the push a medical records revolution has occurred in legislation. Below are a few examples:

    Senator John McCain suggested Web technology could have helped Hurricane Katrina victims get medical help

    Senator John Kerry and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich urged the use of using e-prescriptions, rather than paper ones, to reduce medication errors

    Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) make announcements for launching a plan to reimburse practices in forms of bonuses for those who go electronic

    Blue Cross Blue Shield Association has also announced plans to launch an incentive program to pay doctors for using electronic medical records