The Health Information Technology and Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act was enacted in 2009 with the ambitious goal of promoting the adoption and meaningful use of health IT. The price tag of this investment? Only $35 billion over 10 years.
It’s no surprise that as healthcare costs continue to head in an upwards trajectory in the United States and the rest of the world, many are looking to IT integration as a necessary tool to slow down that trend. And key amongst these solutions is electronic medical records (EMRs), the digital version of traditional paper-based medical records.
Making EMRs Fully Accessible
Healthcare organizations implementing EMRs into their operational processes want to make them accessible across different devices and platforms, whether from smartphones, tablets, kiosks, laptops or PCs. Yet many clinicians are still wondering how they can make EMRs easily available to themselves, colleagues and patients.
Security and Compliance
The federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) was enacted to protect the confidentiality and security of healthcare information, as well as introduce cost saving measures. The Act has many mandates requiring healthcare providers to abide by strict regulations when it comes to protecting personal health information. Individual physicians and organizations must either comply or face hefty fines. It is therefore extremely important that whatever mechanism you choose to deliver access to EMRs meets these requirements.
If there is one drawback to EMRs, it is the potential of a systematic failure, making the information clinicians need unavailable. This is a risk with any data stored using digital technology, but with the right contingency controls and service provider, the downtime can be so minute it might not even be noticed. For instance, some of the more reliable eHealth solutions can automatically reconnect users to interrupted sessions—without loss of data.
The integration of information technology and healthcare holds great promise to increase efficiency and lower the cost of operations for many processes in the industry. While the transformation has been slow in coming, solutions such EMRs are now providing enhanced accessibility and reliability for digital patient records, even when the physical records are in a different city, state, or country. However, EMR implementation demands the best IT infrastructure and providers to ensure that issues of compliance are not violated and that access can be obtained anytime, anywhere and on any device without issues of compatibility.
As a secure, centrally managed access solution for deploying applications across the organization, Ericom Connect® helps Healthcare IT provide reliable access to local or cloud-based EMR solutions from any device. Providing unmatched performance in terms of scalability, ease of implementation, and user-experience, Ericom Connect is quick to deploy and easy to configure and use. Click here to learn how Ericom is helping dozens of public and private healthcare organizations deliver secure, reliable and cost effective access to clinical applications and vital practice management applications.