Major Governmental Agencies and Other Regulatory Bodies

Like many other industries, healthcare is highly regulated by federal, state, and other external agencies, with a primary focus on patient and caregiver safety, privacy, and compliance with health insurance rules. Each of these bodies of regulatory rules has significant impact on the way in which electronic health records are built and used. Much of the content and functionality that exists in each EHR is actually focused on compliance with these rules and reporting requirements, rather than directly related to patient care. However, the rules for safe and effective healthcare likely lead to EMRs that are more standardized in functionality, with a lower learning curve for end users; in addition, ...

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