ATLANTA, Jan. 8 /PRNewswire/ - It's important for health care professionals to begin the new year with a clear understanding of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act and how its incentives can help clinicians.
Part of the 2009 economic stimulus package, the HITECH Act provides more than $19 billion dollars in incentives to encourage the use of electronic health record (EHR) systems among physicians and hospitals. $17 billion will be used for incentive payments to physicians and hospitals that participate in Medicare and Medicaid programs. These incentives will be issued to current users and new adopters of certified EHR systems who are able to demonstrate "meaningful use."
In an upcoming webinar, Elekta invites members of the cancer care team including oncologists, administrators, and nurses to learn more about how meaningful use is defined and how an oncology practice can take advantage of the opportunities available under the HITECH Act.
"There has been extensive research done to show that utilizing an EHR would serve to improve patient care, increase patient safety, and simplify compliance in the U.S. healthcare system," says Sima Aziz, Business Line Manager for Elekta Impac Software who will be hosting the webinars.
Elekta's HITECH Act webinars will take place Wednesday, January 13 at noon EST (9 a.m. PST) and Friday, January 15 at noon EST (9 a.m. PST).
To register and submit questions for the Wednesday, January 13 session, visit http://tinyurl.com/yjy9t7o. To register and submit questions for the Friday, January 15 session, visit, http://tinyurl.com/yhjblj2.
Elekta is a human care company pioneering significant innovations and clinical solutions for treating cancer and brain disorders. The company develops sophisticated, state-of-the-art tools and treatment planning systems for radiation therapy and radiosurgery, as well as workflow enhancing software systems across the spectrum of cancer care.
Stretching the boundaries of science and technology, providing intelligent and resource-efficient solutions that offer confidence to both healthcare providers and patients, Elekta aims to improve, prolong and even save patient lives, making the future possible today.
Today, Elekta solutions in oncology and neurosurgery are used in over 5,000 hospitals globally, and every day more than 100,000 patients receive diagnosis, treatment or follow-up with the help of a solution from the Elekta Group.
Elekta employs around 2,500 employees globally. The corporate headquarter is located in Stockholm, Sweden, and the company is listed on the Nordic Exchange under the ticker EKTAb. For more information about Elekta, please visit www.elekta.com.