Two practices decide to implement an Electronic Health Record (EHR). Both were introduced to EHRs when they heard about the EHR Meaningful Use Incentive Program. While neither practice is thrilled, the government is seemingly forcing them to implement this unfamiliar technology; they each take a very different approach. This fundamental divide spawns – The Tale of Two Go Lives.
By: Stevie M Davidson, CPHIT
As Robert Frost so eloquently quoted “Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper”. Since HIC’s inception, education, protection, and advocacy have been a core value of my staff and mine. Prior to HITECH, the aspect of adopting EHR technology was less complicated and providers, hospitals, and other healthcare organizations were making business decisions based on value, return on investment, quality improvement, and overall efficiencies to their organization.
I was at a practice the other day when a discussion around Meaningful Use took place between several doctors. The overriding sentiment expressed by the doctors participating in the discussion was that Meaningful Use is just another intrusion in how they practice and document medicine.