Vermont SpineWorks Awarded Federal Incentive for Achieving Meaningful Use of its EHR System


Vermont SpineWorks and Rehabilitation has achieved meaningful use of its electronic health records (EHR) system to improve patient care, according to criteria established by Medicare.  The federal government recently developed the program to provide incentive payments to doctors and hospitals that use EHRs in a meaningful way to increase practice efficiency, reduce medical errors and improve the quality of care for patients.

While primary care practices have generally garnered the headlines for achieving meaningful use, Vermont SpineWorks and Rehabilitation has achieved this distinction as a specialty practice and has done so in its first year of clinical operations.  In October 2011, Dr. Lefkoe and staff began the 90 day attestation period, which included the collection of data on several quality measures pertaining to patient care, patient safety and the protection of personal health information.

Medical care is slowly advancing in its use of electronic technologies to utilize, process and store clinical information.  The ultimate goal is to improve the quality of patient care and to maximize the overall experience for patients.  Achieving meaningful use of its EHR system and implementing an electronic patient portal are just two ways in which Vermont SpineWorks is doing its part to carry medical practice into a brighter, more electronically integrated future.