“That is the key message that I want to get across to Middle Eastern delegates – in many respects the appropriate use of technology can create a framework for increased financial rewards from insurance companies and government agencies. Above all it will underscore improved quality of healthcare and the return on investment,” said Wise.
The effective use of electronic health records, increases the efficiency of the hospital and also makes delivery more effective, through fewer adverse drug events, reduced error in healthcare systems and potential bonus payments from health insurers and governments- thereby offering solid returns in investment.
Wise who retired from the US Army in 1998 with the rank of colonel, served in a variety of positions, such as Deputy Commander of Eisenhower Army Medical Center in Fort Gordon, Georgia. After life in the forces, she became the Executive Director of Computer-based Patient Record Institute and Healthcare Open Systems and Trials (CPRI-HOST), a consortium of businesses and industries that promoted electronic medical records prior to merging with HIMSS.
Commenting on the actual regulations of “meaningful use”, Wise commented, “One defines the minimum requirements that healthcare providers must achieve through their certified EHR technology to qualify for any potential bonus payments. The other highlights the standards and criteria to gain certification for EHR, so that those eligible can make relevant quality assurance reviews. This will help guide regional hospitals should they wish to strive make progress to a paperless hospital as assessed by the HIMSS Analytics Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (EMRAM).”
However, another key aspect of the “meaningful use” debate is how the regulations affect the design and usability of Healthcare IT products to meet its criteria. In response, international vendors, hospitals, and physicians are adjusting to meet these criteria.
“The rules and regulations on healthcare investment spending are very similar to policy questions faced by all governments and will certainly impact IT products offered by multi-national companies,” said Mr. Jeremy Bonfini, Senior Vice President, HIMSS.
HIMSS is the largest US not-for-profit healthcare association focused on providing global leadership for the optimal use of information technology. HIMSS represents approximately 31,000 individual members, more than 470 corporate members and nearly 30 not-for-profit organisations that share its mission. As such it is considered to be a leading expert on ‘meaningful use’ leading the effort in the US to attempt to represent the views of healthcare professionals.
Three unique conferences comprise HIMSS Middle East 2010 including: HIMSS Middle East Health IT Leadership Summit is a gathering of the CEOs, Hospital IT directors and governmental leaders of healthcare organizations throughout the region. The HIMSS Health IT Management Conference brings global best practices to the users and implementers of technology.
The Health Insurers Innovation Forum is in collaboration with MedicaIQ and will showcase the greatest innovations in the global health insurance industry and tools for consumer driven healthcare and medicine. It will also provide a first ever look at the health insurance industry through the lens of the healthcare technologist and leading global innovators. Current trends and much more will be discussed from the Gulf healthcare perspective
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