The Legal, Ethical And Financial Issues That May Flow From The Legislation

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Meaningful use refers to the adoption of healthcare management technology referred to as the electronic-health record whose primary function is enhancing the quality, efficiency, safety, as well as reduction in health related disparities. In addition, meaningful use seeks to improve the level of care coordination, public health management and population. Undoubtedly, this aspiration encompasses the increased engagement of the patients as well their families while maintaining the safety and confidentiality of the medical information of the patient. From this backdrop, this paper shall discuss the legal, ethical and financial issues that may flow from the legislation (adoption) of meaningful use. Legal Issues Information overload is a significant liability that a majority of the clinicians, working in the healthcare facilities within the United States of America, face. Due to the fact that the adoption of the EHR leads to the storage of virtually large amounts of data concerning patients; it is difficult for the clinicians to review all the relevant health information of the patients in a limited timeframe. In this case, a legal suite may ensue in the event that a clinician omits some crucial information relevant for treatment while reviewing records for a patient. The clinician could be sued for negligence with the understanding that the information was at his/her disposal (Blumenthal & Tavenner, 2013). Financial Issues Financing of the EHR technology is a major concern
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