Earlier this month we celebrated the five-year anniversary of Houston Methodist’s Epic launch. Since then, we’ve continued implementing new features and enhancements to give our patients extraordinary care and improve their overall experience, while improving provider efficiency, simplifying workflows and keeping you and your patients connected.
Many of our Epic updates and enhancements also keep us aligned with new regulatory guidelines, such as ongoing COVID-19 requirements and changes and new 21st Century Cures Act guidelines. The 21st Century Cures Act is a wide-ranging health care initiative that funds medical research and development, medical device innovation, mental health research and care and opioid addiction treatment and prevention – but it also impacts health care IT.
Title IV of the Cures Act serves as Congress’ stance on technology’s central role in health care. Overall, Title IV seeks to reduce regulatory and administrative burden related to the use of EHRs, increase IT systems interoperability and secure information exchange and empower patients with greater, improved access to their electronic health information. To comply with 21st Century Cures Act requirements, we’re implementing new functionalities to facilitate interoperability and patient-centered access. You’ll read more about Cures Act changes in the articles below.
I’m excited to partner with you as we focus on these initiatives. While we continue facing COVID-19 and other regulatory changes and challenges, know that we’re working diligently behind the scenes to develop strategies to support you. In the coming months, you’ll hear more from me and others on our efforts.
Happy Doctor’s Day! Thank you for everything you do for our patients and Houston Methodist.