Healthcare IT consulting companies have helped medical providers adopt EHR systems and e-prescribing software in order to improve patient care and lower costs. Much of this was also due to the HITECH Act and meaningful use requirements. Another initiative that healthcare IT consulting professionals are helping with is ensuring that hospitals, clinics and medical practices follow ICD-10 compliance.
New technologies and standardization between medical coding shows that more and more healthcare providers are looking to exchange information and share patient data to improve care and avoid redundant testing. In fact, new research shows that nearly 50 percent of physicians want to partake in health information exchanges (HIEs), according to Healthcare IT News.
The U.S. Ambulatory Electronic Health Record & Practice Management (PM) Study surveyed more than 509,000 doctors and found that 43 percent want to participate in an HIE system. Interestingly, the same amount of surveyed physicians attested to meeting stage one of meaningful use requirements.
This shows that those doctors who are well ahead of others in adopting EHR software and meeting the necessary steps to show the meaningful use of new technology are capable and interested in taking part in HIE systems.
"This is our fourth in-depth assessment of the Ambulatory EHR marketplace, and we continue to see significant progress in the adoption of Ambulatory EHR solutions across all segments of the market," Gino Johnson, CapSite Senior VP and GM, told the news source. "Additionally, we found physician groups are making headway in attesting to EHR meaningful use for stage one and beginning to formulate strategies for transitioning to new accountable care reimbursement models."
Vendors also play an important part in meaningful use requirements, as they provide the necessary equipment to gain incentives from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Some of the vendors mentioned in the report include Allscripts, OptumInsight, Amazing Charts and NextGen.
Medical providers can turn to healthcare IT consulting companies when looking to meet either stage one or stage two of meaningful use regulations.