The current administration’s incentive for EMR adoption has generated a lot of excitement in the healthcare industry. By 2015, all physician practices and hospitals are required to have implemented an EMR system. Wide adoption of EMR would address many of the problems bedeviling the U.S. healthcare system through interoperability and easy access to current patient records. This would make the healthcare system more efficient, improve quality of care and reduce health care costs by minimizing medical errors, redundant tests and redundant procedures.
Deerwalk’s Ishwar Khatiwada, Ram Pant and Himal Karmacharya provide thoughtful insights into an analysis of trends, health care incentives, and guidelines to successful adoption of EMRs in the U.S.
The Department of Health and Human Services has recently come out with guidelines on the meaningful use of EMR. There are 3 stages of meaningful use.
This is the first part of tri-series article. The name of the individual has been changed to protect his identity. This is so that he would freely share his experiences with us.
In a speech in January 2009, President Obama said Electronic Medical Records (EMR) would “cut waste, eliminate red tape and reduce the need to repeat expensive medical tests. It just won’t save billions of dollars and thousands of jobs — it will save lives by reducing the deadly but preventable medical errors that pervade our healthcare system.”