Electronic health records (EHRs) promised to revolutionize healthcare delivery. In some respects, they have. But for physicians deluged by patients, EHRs have yet to fulfill their lofty promises and, in many cases, have added considerable strain to the daily workload of physicians. In this article, physicians discuss with Medical Economics how EHRs should—and must—improve to reach their potential.
Primary care physicians often complain that the benefits of using electronic health record (EHR) systems are outweighed by the costs of implementing the technology and meeting government meaningful use (MU) standards. But a new study suggests that in at least one area—reducing adverse drug events—EHRs are having an impact.
Since the 16-day government shutdown in October, the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health Information Technology reports that 13 complete electronic health record (EHR) systems have been added to the ranks of those achieving 2014 edition certification for Meaningful Use.
eClinicalWorks CEO Girish Navani: "I think the last decade has been predominately about digitizing the delivery of healthcare, and that's helped in reducing errors that creep in when patient information is not electronic."
Training is a crucial part of successfully implementing an electronic health record (EHR) system in a physician's practice. Although you may be tempted to skimp on it to save money, doing so could wind up costing your practice far more in the long run.
One in five physicians may be filing for divorce from their electronic health record (EHR) system. While it’s a sobering statistic that is being validated by multiple national market surveys, it signals a new era in the adoption and acceptance of health information technology.
Today’s independent medical practices face a deluge of complex challenges – and often face them on their own. We’ve identified five capabilities as essential building blocks for thriving independent practices.