Meaningful Use Soars in Ohio, Health IT Effort Praised by ONC

Date: December 14, 2012||   0  Comments

Innovative electronic communications and health information technology (HIT) in medicine are transforming the nation’s health care system, state by state.

The Office of the National Coordinator for HIT (ONC) under Dr. Farzad Mostashari lauded Ohio, Kentucky and Maine in Washington, D.C. at an annual event today, recognizing them as states using health information technology in ways that will make a meaningful difference in health care for patients.

“Ohio demonstrates how the coordination of federal Regional Extension Center, Health Information Exchange and Beacon Community grants – as well as the cooperation of Ohio’s governmental agencies – are creating an environment where meaningful use and building interoperability will make a huge impact on the quality of health care,” Dr. Mostashari said.

“Ultimately, leading states will show how we can use health IT to provide better health care, improved patient health outcomes and lower health care costs across the nation,” he said.

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Ohio received recognition this morning for its collaborative work in advancing primary care physicians’ adoption of electronic health records, having signed up 7,500 physicians since the federal program started two years ago.

In addition, more than 8,200 physicians and hospitals statewide have met federal “meaningful use” requirements for using electronic health records, which is a way to record, track and report health information and outcomes that can help coordinate communication and care for patients.

As a result, more than $368 million in Medicaid and Medicare incentive payments have helped reduce technology costs and improve workflow for physicians and hospitals through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services(CMS).

Ohio Medicaid now ranks fifth in the nation for the number of payments distributed., including more than 3,346 eligible professionals and 135 hospitals for a total of $159 million in disbursements.

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