Meaningful Use In Healthcare

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In order to create a more efficient, patient-centered healthcare system, HIT must begin to focus on providing data in a fashion that is accurate, timely, and interoperable. By doing so, we reduce the risks of errors due to misinformation, reduce treatment cost caused by repetitive treatments and testing, and begin to focus on using information to prevent maladies rather than cure. Although the US is clinically advanced, they have not figured out a way to deter the rising costs of healthcare caused by preventable error (Matthew Scholl, 2010). There are several documents that pertain to the use of HIT to accomplish this in a standardized method. Although Meaningful Use has entered its initial stages of making information digital, it must now…show more content…
Facilitating interoperability must also include the protection of the gathered information in order to meet stringent standards. The Security Architecture and Design Process for Health Information Exchange report makes every effort to define the terminologies. It doesn’t, however, give organizations a means of completing the architectural design task. Basically, this document creates a common language for differing organizations. Security is the primary objective and this document places everyone of a level playing field. I do believe that if the Department of Commerce: NIST plans to create a more standardized communication contrivance, they would need to delve a little deeper into the enabling process. For example, if every provider in a specific region uses a different algorithm for document security, when information is shared the proper officials may not be able to access the needed patient information as a result of problems with authenticating credentials. This is a concept that is further explored the Summary of the NHIN Prototype Architecture…show more content…
The NHIN report does address some major concerns. By not including a centralized store, I think that this eliminates the chances of a single security breach or a single point of data failure. There is still some control left to the participants to safeguard patient information. The implementation of the NHIE takes the prototype architecture document one step further by creating new HIEs that adhere to a standard set of services, standards, and requirements. This could lead to a more streamlined enabling process. This report also undertakes solving the issues with technology in the rural communities. With the use of the HSP, the NHIN would provide supplemental support to organizations that may fall behind in the technical divide. This is especially needed simply because of the direct relationship between policy and
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