Electronic Health Records

NEW, Electronic Health Record Adoption in SBHCs webinar presentation slides!

In today’s rapidly changing health care environment, all health care providers are faced with a myriad of delivery, compliance, and financial challenges. National efforts to improve the quality and efficiency of health care are leading organizations toward significant practice transformation initiatives. Electronic health records (EHRs) are a critical tool for supporting these efforts.

In 2009, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act was passed and includes funding to support the use of EHRs. Billions of dollars are available to eligible providers who:

  • Use certified EHR in a meaningful manner
  • Use certified EHR technology for electronic exchange of health information to improve quality of health care
  • Use certified EHR technology to submit clinical quality measures (CQM) and other such measures

The goals of the EHR Incentive program include:

  • Improve quality, safety, efficiency, and reduce health disparities
  • Engage patients and families
  • Improve care coordination, and population and public health
  • Maintain privacy and security

As with any other healthcare provider, electronic health records (EHRs) are a critical tool for SBHCs. EHRs are a first step in enabling SBHCs to participate in “health information exchange” which will enable SBHCs to better connect the care they provide on school campuses with the care many students recieve in a community setting.

The EHR Incentive program has eligibility requirements. Some SBHC providers will be eligible and some way not be. Even if SBHC providers cannot qualify for incentive payment from the Recovery Act, we encourage them to move toward the adoption of an EHR.

The information and resources on the web pages below are a starting point for this work.