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Electronic Health Records

Over the past decade, healthcare providers have been transitioning from paper to computerized medical records.  The recent federal economic stimulus legislation provides funding to accelerate this process.  The ultimate goal of the legislation is for everyone in the U.S. to have an electronic health record by 2014.

Electronic health records (EHR) are defined as an "electronic record of health-related information on an individual that includes patient demographics and clinical health information, such as medical history and problem lists; and has the capacity to provide clinical decision support, to support physician order entry, to capture and query information relevant to health care quality, and to exchange electronic health information with, and integrate such information from other sources." (2009 ARRA, pg. 115)

More background information on EHRs and health information technology can be found on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Health Information Technology (exit DHS) website.

Meaningful Use of EHRs

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act authorizes the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to provide a reimbursement incentive for physician and hospital providers who are successful in becoming “meaningful users” of an EHR.  For more information on the Meaningful Use requirements, visit DHHS Health IT Website for Providers and Professionals, (exit DHS) and the CMS EHR Incentive Program's site (exit DHS).

For providers and hospitals in need of EHR meaningful use technical assistance, contact Wisconsin’s Regional Extension Center: the Wisconsin Health IT Extension Center (WHITEC) (exit DHS).

Reports

New Patient/Client Health Information Survey of Wisconsin's Local Health Departments and Tribal Health Clinics, 2013 (P-00635) (PDF, 973 KB). This report, released in April 2014, summarizes the findings of a 2013 survey of Local Health Departments and Tribal Health Clinics in Wisconsin regarding their health informatics activities.

2008 Wisconsin Ambulatory Health Information Technology Survey (PDF, 144 KB) March 31, 2009

2006-2007 Wisconsin Ambulatory Health Information Technology Survey (PDF, 496 KB) November 20, 2007

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Last Revised: April 17, 2014