RightFax Helps Healthcare Providers Meet ARRA Requirements
The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health(HITECH) section of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) is transforming the face of healthcare IT in the United States.To be eligible for the scheme's funds, healthcare providers must demonstrate "meaningful use" of electronic health records.
Central government programs that encourage electronic health records are not limited to the U.S. as other countries such as Denmark, Sweden, France and Canada see this as an essential step towards controlling health costs and improving patient care. Many hospitals and clinics face the daunting task of implementing an EHR that requires not only technology upgrades, but drastic changes in the way physicians, nurses, technicians and support staff work. Lack of usability, changes in business rules, and lack of clinician input into system design are risks that can jeopardize an EHR project.
For many providers, RightFax has proved to be a vital bridge between the paper and digital worlds as well as a platform for maintaining critical, HIPAA compliant communications between providers not on the same EHR system. In some hospitals, fax machines, either on site or in remote clinics, have become the favored means of digitizing paper and routing documents into their EHR systems. Faxing into the EHR system is fast, familiar, convenient and secure. Not all people who need access to private health records can be on the same system, so it is extremely important to be able to fax health records directly from within the EHR and receive external documents as faxes into the system. RightFax works with the leading EHR systems to ensure that faxing and document distribution is seamless.