RESPONDINGTO CLASSMATE X2
Respondingto classmate X2
Itis true that the adoption of HITECHis significant on the wellbeing of patients. To protect the healthinformation of patients, HITECHhas provisions requiring healthcare organizations, service providers,and business acquaintances to reveal breaches. These include anincident description, its time of occurrence, when discovered, thekind of information involved, and the measures put in place to probeinto and avert future incidents. From my perspective, however, is itnot the role of the providers to adopt, and use EHRswithout the HITECH incentives? I think they should just use computersto manage patient information as part of their strategy without beingenticed with the incentives or punished with the penalties.
Evidently,HITECH is significant to healthcare organizations as it mandates thecare providers to comply with strong information access security toprotect patient information through EHRs. Failure to comply leads tofines similar to those imposed on businesses for noncompliance.Hence, having HITECHin place guarantees healthcare systems safety from fines and charges,and guarantees them incentives. Additionally, patients are assured ofsafety and privacy improving their confidence in the organization.Despite its significance to an organization, HITECH can also damagean organization’s reputation. Don’t you think failing to give apatient some information can make them have bad mouthing about theorganization? This could be because the care providers would becomplying with the requirements not to give out information that canendanger the physicalsafety and life of an individual (Coffman,2012).The selected article is significant for emphasizing that theinformation presented is culturally competent to engage all patientsin the system. This is true because failure to accommodate them makesthe process unproductive.
Coffman,J. (2012). Onthe road to meaningful use of EHRs.[Sacramento, Calif.]: California HealthCare Foundation.
Apparently,HITECH has helped empower patients as they can access their healthdata easily, and communicate with their providers effectively. It hasprovided funding incentives to the physicians for them to adopt EHRsthrough the meaningful use package. However, do you think thepractitioners could have adopted EHRs without the reward ofincentives or penalties imposed? Despite being an excellentinitiative, many providers had not adopted it by the year 2014.Therefore, it is sad to conclude that they were forced into using it.
Concerningthe organizations, HITECH has helped in the adoption of EHRs, whichimprove revenues and lowers costs. Additionally, work is made easier,improving job satisfaction(Hartley& Jones, 2011).From the article you used, it is true that meaningful use isconcentrated on the outcome of care. Similarly, I can say that itenhances efficiency and transparency in the health sector, empowerspeople, and increases the levels of research.
Hartley,C. & Jones, E. (2011). HIPAAplain & simple.[Chicago]: American Medical Association.