Why are doctors still not embracing adoption of EMR (electronic medical records)?
If you had asked me this question a few months ago, I would have stated the “C-word” (change) as the barrier. While a small number of our population welcomes change, most people must realize personal benefits before traveling a different road. And of course, there are those who will dig their heels into the dirt and move into change kicking and screaming.
The following excerpt comes from a story in the October 5th edition of the AOA News:
“Doctors who begin using EHR’s by 2011 or 2012 can receive the maximum reward, up to $44,000 over five years through the Medicare program (75% of Medicare-allowed charges up to a capped amount each year). But if you wait until 2015, there are no incentives. Doctors should make plans to implement EHRs in practice before the end of 2010.”
The second group of individuals I spoke of can now realize the personal benefits of EMR adoption: Improving patient care while enjoying the financial benefits offered by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). This was evident in the exhibit hall booth at Vision Expo West when I repeatedly heard doctors state, “I am ready to go paperless; I just don’t know how to get started.”
I plan to use the Eyefinity/OfficeMate blog site as a vehicle to communicate Best Practices of EMR Implementation. I would like to hear from doctors who have successfully implemented ExamWRITER electronic medical records in their practices. What did you do right? What would you have done differently? In addition, I would like to hear from doctors who are still on the fence and those who have purchased ExamWRITER but can’t seem to get off the ground. What is holding you back from getting started? What challenges have you experienced in your EMR implementation? Leave a comment here or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Let’s make this happen – 2010 is right around the corner!