Office of the Inspector General lays out plans for health information systems in 2011

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Officials from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced with new upgrades to electronic health record keeping medium they are positioning themselves for monitoring responsibilities, Healthcare IT News reports.

The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) plans to oversee health information technology system enhancements. Officials from OIG told the news source that they will be tasked with augmenting and monitoring CMS systems to ensure that they include the standards that have been laid out by the Department of Health and Human Services. Furthermore, they added that the security of medical records remains a top priority.

The OIG is also reviewing Medicare incentive payments for eligible healthcare professionals and hospitals that have adopted electronic health records and CMS safeguards. However, under this new plan, the OIG will reduce incentives to institutions that fail to upgrade to the electronic health record medium in 2015.

More medical centers are hiring individuals who possess a health informatics or health information degree to help install these systems. Professionals in this field must obtain a Registered Health Information Technicians certification from a two-year asscoiate’s program. This curriculum is required to be accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education.