Officials from Mitochon Systems, a provider of free electronic health record (EHR) systems, recently announced that they have earned a complete ambulatory EHR certification.
This certification will make physicians who use the product eligible to receive funding through the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), which can range from $44,000 to $64,000, according to the company. These doctors will also meet meaningful use criteria for adopting the health informatics program.
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, in order for physicians to meet meaningful use criteria under the ARRA they must use certified EHRs in a meaningful way, such as e-prescribing, as well as use the technology to submit clinical quality. Similarly, doctors must use EHRs to improve the quality of heatlhcare.
Many physicians believe that the use of health informatics, particularly EHRs, is changing the healthcare system for the better. According to a 2011 Sage Healthcare Division study, 62 percent of doctors agree that EHRs are improving the quality of the system. Approximately 78 percent of patients express the same belief.