Navigating these new mandates may pose administrative and technical challenges for covered entities and for business associates. The Department of Health and Human Services has estimated that the cost of implementation ranges from $114 million to $225 million in the first year and approximately $14.5 million each year thereafter.1 Many companies, however, maintain that the amount reported by the Department of Health and Human Services significantly underestimates the actual compliance costs.4 This conundrum is particularly true for mobile health companies in a rapidly expanding HIT industry.
DataPall is a simple, effective electronic medical records system that can assist in developing an evidence base of clinical data for palliative care in low resource settings. The system is available at no cost, is specifically designed to chronicle care in the region, and is catered to meet the technical needs and user specifications of such facilities.
As with health care providers in general, those of us in hospice and palliative medicine have been rather forcibly compelled to adopt the use of electronic medical records (EMRs). Indeed, as of 5 years ago, nearly half of all home health hospice care providers were using EMRs, which has likely increased since that time.