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A Look Back -- and Ahead -- at EHRs in the U.S. Health Care System

Apr 1, 2011 - The health information technology movement in the United States, which has struggled to move medicine in the same direction as the rest of business and industry, started long before President George W. Bush's Jan. 20, 2004, State of the Union address. That night, Bush told Americans ...

AAFP News : Special Report: EHRs

https://www.aafp.org/news/ehr/20110401ehr-beldenqanda.html

Certified EHRs Drive Incentive Payment Program

Apr 1, 2011 - One of the basic components of the federal government's incentive program for adopting health information technology is a funny little term: meaningful use. To receive the incentives, physicians have to adopt a system that ensures they can apply meaningful use criteria to their use of ...

AAFP News : Special Report: EHRs

https://www.aafp.org/news/ehr/20110401certifiedehrs.html

Developers of Meaningful Use Criteria Not Clued In to Needs of Users

Apr 1, 2011 - Our small group practice participates -- reluctantly -- in Medicare, and since we were early adopters of EHR technology, we currently meet about 85 percent to 90 percent of the meaningful use criteria all the way through to Stage 3.

AAFP News : Special Report: EHRs

https://www.aafp.org/news/ehr/20110401s-o-falkoff.html

EHR and Health IT Toolbox

Apr 1, 2011 - As the drive to fully implement electronic health records, or EHRs, and health information technology, or health IT, continues in the United States -- spurred, in large part, by the federal government's increasing focus on the issue -- a number of organizations, including the AAFP, have...

AAFP News : Special Report: EHRs

https://www.aafp.org/news/ehr/20110401ehrtoolbox.html

EHR Funding is Great, But the Devil's in the Unintended Consequences

Apr 1, 2011 - I think it's wonderful that the government is trying to move physicians to EHR technology by rewarding them financially for meaningful use. However, I'm not sure the program's carrot-and-stick approach -- with incentives for those who become meaningful users and, eventually, penalties ...

AAFP News : Special Report: EHRs

https://www.aafp.org/news/ehr/20110401s-o-cahn.html

EHR Incentive Money Not Worth Participating in Medicare Again

Apr 1, 2011 - I practice with two other family physicians in an integrative medical practice that combines conventional and complementary therapies. I've had an EHR since 2006. But I won't get any government money for meaningful use because I don't participate in Medicare (or any other insurance, ...

AAFP News : Special Report: EHRs

https://www.aafp.org/news/ehr/20110401s-o-steinmetz.html

EHRs Prompt Better Uptake of Preventive Services, Help Track Patients' Progress

Apr 1, 2011 - When it comes down to it, the chief motivation behind the health care industry's move to adopt health information technology, or health IT, is really very simple: patients. Give them better, safer care that they can afford to access.

AAFP News : Special Report: EHRs

https://www.aafp.org/news/ehr/20110401ehrclinical.html

EHRs Represent the 'Widgetization' of Medicine

Apr 1, 2011 - I've been on an EHR for six years and totally paperless for at least three. I think the primary target of the meaningful use money isn't doctors like me, who already have EHRs, but doctors who don't, to induce them to start.

AAFP News : Special Report: EHRs

https://www.aafp.org/news/ehr/20110401s-o-granat.html

Even With Support Staff, Meaningful Use Is Still Too Much Work

Apr 1, 2011 - We're on a meaningful use-certified EHR here at our university's health services, and we participate in Medicare for our retired staff members and their families. We already meet some of the meaningful use requirements, too. But are we going for the incentive money? The answer is no.

AAFP News : Special Report: EHRs

https://www.aafp.org/news/ehr/20110401s-o-collins.html

Federal Government Employs 'Carrot-Stick' Approach to EHR Adoption

Apr 1, 2011 - Jen Brull, M.D., of Plainville, Kan., has always operated a financially successful family medicine practice; consequently, she was able to invest in an electronic health record, or EHR, system three years ago.

AAFP News : Special Report: EHRs

https://www.aafp.org/news/ehr/20110401carrotstick.html

FPs Stack Up Well in Implementing EHRs

Apr 1, 2011 - As the medical community continues its trek into the age of health information technology -- spurred, in no small part, by federal incentives to adopt electronic health record, or EHR, systems, along with the threat of financial reprisals for resisting -- family physicians are further ...

AAFP News : Special Report: EHRs

https://www.aafp.org/news/ehr/20110401ehrstats.html

Getting Connected: A Special Report on Electronic Health Records

Apr 1, 2011 - This AAFP News Now special report offers an in-depth look at health information technology, particularly electronic health records, or EHRs. The report covers such issues as how family physicians are using EHRs, government regulations and certification of EHR systems, and how EHRs are ...

AAFP News : Special Report: EHRs

https://www.aafp.org/news/ehr.html

Government Investment in Health IT Spurs Innovation in EHR Equipment

Apr 1, 2011 - A solo FP, Kay Lee, M.D., of Houston, bought her first electronic health record, or EHR, system in 2005. Within six months, she had transferred most of her patient records onto the new system, leading to better documentation, greater efficiencies and a higher level of care for her ...

AAFP News : Special Report: EHRs

https://www.aafp.org/news/ehr/20110401ehrinnovation.html

Government's Plan for EHRs is Good, But I'll Pass … for Now

Apr 1, 2011 - I started my solo, small-volume micropractice about nine months ago. I have no employees and practice in a one-room clinic inside a pharmacy building -- my reception area is part of the pharmacy space.

AAFP News : Special Report: EHRs

https://www.aafp.org/news/ehr/20110401s-o-murphey.html

Health IT Can Make Good Family Medicine Practices Even Better

Apr 1, 2011 - A national conversation on the value of health information technology, health IT, and electronic health records, or EHRs, is taking place as the federal government continues to push physicians to adopt the technology via the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and the Patient ...

AAFP News : Special Report: EHRs

https://www.aafp.org/news/ehr/20110401fpehrstories.html

I Bailed Out of Medicare Because of Meaningful Use

Apr 1, 2011 - The government's idea of meaningful use and the strings attached to getting the incentive payments are the chief reasons I decided to opt out of Medicare. I have two main objections to meaningful use. One is bureaucratic interference with EHRs. The other is ideological -- I truly ...

AAFP News : Special Report: EHRs

https://www.aafp.org/news/ehr/20110401s-o-marchetti.html

Nation's Medical Schools Display Wide Variation in Tackling Health IT

Apr 1, 2011 - Recognizing that health information technology is the wave of the future -- if not the present -- family medicine educators say that medical students should be exposed to all aspects of health IT, including electronic health records, or EHRs, as early as possible in their academic ...

AAFP News : Special Report: EHRs

https://www.aafp.org/news/ehr/20110401ehrmedschools.html

Research Network Seeks to Expand Its Data Collection Reach, QI Efforts

Apr 1, 2011 - The promise of reaping the rewards of data aggregation and analysis on a national scale is just one of the many factors behind the health information technology movement that continues to gain ground across the U.S. health care system.

AAFP News : Special Report: EHRs

https://www.aafp.org/news/ehr/20110401ehrdartnet.html

Some Family Medicine Residencies Truly Shine in Using Health IT

Apr 1, 2011 - Like most other segments of the health care community, family medicine residencies are reading the writing on the wall when it comes to implementing health information technology. Almost all of the nation's 451 family medicine residencies use an electronic health record, or EHR, system,...

AAFP News : Special Report: EHRs

https://www.aafp.org/news/ehr/20110401ehrresidencies.html

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