How Technology Has Impacted The Future And Clinical Health Legislation ( Hitech )

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The first article I reviewed outlined the history of the EHR and discussed the possible future directions of the EHR while the second article measured the successes of the CPOE and new avenues for hospitals with the CPOE. Considering the great advances in technology, EHRs prior to January 2009 were underperforming. Often the EHR simply resembled the provider’s unique approach to healthcare. The technology existed, however the healthcare industry was not ready embracing the capabilities of the EHR. EHRs require standardization and each hospital had its own version of practicing medicine. It became apparent healthcare providers were going to continue business as usual; therefore the benefits linked to the capabilities of the EHR went unrealized. Indeed it is interesting the amount of time and legal maneuvers it took to spark the use of EHRs in hospitals. It was apparent government intervention to jump-start the EHR was inevitable. On January 9, 2009 passage of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health legislation (HITECH) opened the gateway to technology and implementation of the EHR. The rapid development of technology is directly impacting the design and direction of the EHR. As medical devices are smaller and more user friendly, patients are being involved in reporting and this will be incorporated into the EHR. In addition to technological changes, EHRs have evolved in relation to consumer needs. Originally the EHRs were focused

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