Hospitals and other health care providers across the country are scrambling to ensure that their electronic medical records systems meet meaningful use requirements in order to qualify for federal incentive dollars. Legislators in California want providers in that state to go a step further. And according to NextGov, the California Hospital Association is not happy.
California State Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) introduced a bill that would require health care providers to ensure that their electronic records systems have the ability to track when changes are made and who made them. The move follows an incident in which a patient died following knee surgery. An investigation revealed portions of the patient's electronic records had been deleted and other notes were added retroactively.
The hospital association wrote to Leno, arguing that the burden of the additional requirements would outweigh any benefit gained by their adoption. The situation prompting the bill's introduction is rare, and the new requirements would mean health care providers would have to spend millions to revise e-medical records systems already in place, the group said, not to mention significantly delay implementation of new systems.