The jury may still be out on how the Meaningful Use program should operate and whether it really improves quality. There's no question, however, that the program was the catalyst for massive, high-speed adoption of electronic health records--and that the industry may have just turned a corner in its use and attitude regarding such systems.
Although the healthcare industry continues to transition from paper to electronic health records, many patients and even some providers remain unaware of their imperfections.
We know that electronic health records can cost a lot of money, sometimes millions of dollars. So it would be pretty disconcerting for a provider to learn that it has to pay additional amounts on top of that initial layout. Yet evidently, this is not uncommon, and it's often because providers make mistakes when entering into a contract with an EHR vendor.
Primary-care physicians are happier with their EHRs than they used to be, according to Black Book Rankings' annual report on ambulatory EHR users.
A lack of physician engagement is one of the biggest challenges for electronic health record governance efforts, according to a HIMSS Analytics study published this week.
The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, concerned that providers may struggle to meet the more stringent requirements of Stage 2 of the Meaningful Use program, has released recommendations to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to help the agency maximize the number of successful attesters this year.
A recent interview in The Atlantic with David Blumenthal, former National Coordinator for Health IT, has generated a flurry of comments from readers weighing in on the role and worth of electronic health records
While more hospitals have implemented electronic health records in the three years since the Meaningful Use program went into effect, there remains a wide disparity in EHR adoption, with hundreds of hospitals still just using paper records, according to HIMSS, Forbes.com reports.
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