The Georgia Hospital Association (GHA) has awarded CSC with a contract to help them meet “meaningful use” standards to receive the federal incentive payments outlined in the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009 (ARRA).
CSC has already started an assessment of what changes Georgia hospitals need to make to receive funds and how long it will take. They also held a conference for GHA members to explain healthcare IT provisions in ARRA and how they will impact hospitals.
“Electronic health records hold a great deal of promise in improving patient outcomes, but our nation’s hospitals need to make substantial changes to their clinical processes, health information systems and the way physicians and caregivers interact with technology to reap the full benefit,” remarked CSC’s Healthcare Group president, Deward Watts. “GHA is providing its members with a much-needed service to help them qualify for incentive payments and improve quality of care. Its approach is a model for other state hospital associations across the country, and we are pleased to provide our IT expertise to support this endeavor.”