One of the biggest obstacles physicians have with integrating electronic medical records is in the stigma these systems have for being difficult to operate, train on, and utilize in the clinical setting. From a major health system stand point, some physicians even protest their use where administration opts for certain systems without the feedback from clinical staff and physicians.
Clinical, Financial and Administrative Insights For Physicians
In an effort to encourage providers to implement electronic medical records at a more rapid pace, the Department of Health and Human Services extended the deadline recently for satisfying Meaningful Use requirements. These requirements are broken, currently, into three stages - with the deadline for meeting stage 1 requirements slated as February 29, 2012.
Larger practices and organizations in the health care industry are readily switching over to electronic medical records and reaping the rewards, but small to mid-sized practices are much slower to adopt and make the transition due to a number of barriers - with particular concern to how it will slow down treatment times and affect the bottom line during implementation.
The Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs provide incentive payments to eligible professionals, eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals (CAHs) as they adopt, implement, upgrade or demonstrate meaningful use of certified EHR technology.
- List of "meaningful use" criteria that healthcare providers must meet to qualify for federal IT subsidies based on how they use their electronic health records.
- The standards and certification criteria that those EHRs must meet for their users to collect the money.
Phased Approach to Meaningful Use
Electronic Health Records - Meaningful use is phased out
The definition of ‘Meaningful use of Electronic Health Records' has undergone a vast change since it was first mooted. With 2011 fast approaching, the authorities have obviously found it hard to reconcile the views of different parties - legislators, vendors, physicians and consultants. So what are the authorities doing? Phasing out the requirements and getting started with basic criteria to be met for satisfying meaningful use paradigm.