Meaningful Use for Nurses: Implications and Recommendations

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Meaningful use for Nurses: Implications and Recommendations Chamberlain College of Nursing Nursing Informatics NR512/2014 Meaningful use for Nurses: Implications and Recommendations The purpose of this paper is to discuss of the implications for nurses, nursing, national health policy, patient outcomes, and population health associated with the collection and use of Meaningful Use core criteria. It will include an overview of the program, an analysis of the implication of Meaningful use, evidence based recommendations for additional core criteria or why no further recommendations are needed. It will include, from a nurse’s standpoint, the positive and negative attributes of EMR. Overview of Meaning Use The National Quality Forum (NQF) developed the idea for Meaningful Use (MU) in order to formulate national priorities that would assist in health care performance and improvement efforts. The NQF published a report depicting the areas which need to be “fixed”. These areas included: improved population health, coordination of care, improved safety, increased efficiency, reduction of racial disparities and patient engagement. This was where the foundation began for Meaningful Use of EMR/EHRs (Electronic Medical/Health Records). From here, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) added to NQF’s foundation with a focus on “preserving and improving the affordability of health care—and less medically-relevant provisions such as modernizing the nation’s infrastructure, enhancing energy independence, providing tax relief, and expanding educational opportunities.” (Clinic Service, 2011) This next level began in 2009 and since then, more levels have emerged such as HITECH Act- outlines the promotion of Health Information Technology (HIT); testing; funding including grants and loans; monetary incentives via Medicaid and Medicare; quality, safety and
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