The move is on to adopt EHR software by hospitals and private practice physicians. And once implemented, Medicare and Medicaid health care providers must demonstrate meaningful use of their
EHR, of course, stands for electronic health record. So EHR software refers to electronic health record software or an electronic health record system. And the ultimate outcome of EHR software is to have all of a health care provider’s medical records in electronic format.
Health care providers are motivated by the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health / HITECH Act and its associated CMS EHR incentive program. The HITECH Act mandates the transition to electronic health record systems and EHR meaningful use in order to take advantage of benefits like financial incentives .
One year after the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) set criteria for electronic health records, 70% of hospitals expect to meet the first phase of the Meaningful Use guidelines this year.
Yet, 78% expect to continue to treat patients using paper records for up to five more years despite the financial incentive for meeting these requirements and an electronic medical record’s (EMR) inherent promise of a paperless treatment cycle.
excerpt from “Iron Mountain EMR Scanning Survey Report“
The contradiction is shocking. But there is a simple explanation: Even though hospital have implemented EHR / EMR software, they don’t instantly have 100% digitized electronic medical records. A lot of scanning of old paper records has to take place first.
So the lesson for the private practice physician is that there is a process to get to a completely automated practice with no paper records. It takes time. Resources need to be allocated to the scanning process, and there is a cost associated with that.
Purchasing EHR Software is one step. Scanning is another. Providers have to be strategic about their scanning activities. And be Patient.
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