While the Department of Health and Human Services has established some performance measures for its meaningful use EHR program that are tied to strategic goals, HHS has not established measures that would "help them to track progress toward program outcomes such as health care quality, efficiency, and patient safety," a new Government Accountability Office report finds.
"Although HHS expects that the use of EHRs can help achieve improved outcomes and support other efforts that are also intended to improve care, that result is not yet assured," concluded the GAO report. "The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology may lack critical information necessary to establish program priorities and subsequently make program adjustments based on progress toward outcomes."
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