Monday, August 10, 2009

AHDI & MTIA Advocacy Summit

In February 2009 the Obama Administration passed the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA), which was inclusive of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH Act). Through this legislation, physicians will receive incentives if they prove “meaningful use” of EHR technology. The Department for Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Office of the National Coordinator of Health Information Technology (ONCHIT) have yet to determine the criteria for “meaningful use.”

Members of both the Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity and Medical Transcription Association organized on Capitol Hill this past June advocating how medical transcription can and should play a role in the qualifications for “meaningful use.” Studies show narrative dictation/transcription method is a proven productivity tool and increases accuracy of clinical documentation.

To learn more read Medical Transcription : A Proven Accelerator of EHR Adoption, a white paper explaining how Medical Transcription can help meet some of the usability challenges physicians face with EMR implementation.

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