As EHR Use Grows, Physicians’ View Of Their Impact Is Moderating
The adoption and meaningful use of electronic health records may have surpassed goals set by the HHS, but a survey of physicians suggests the high expectations for the benefits of EHRs on patient care are coming down, at least among health care providers.
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Adoption of electronic health records continues to rise, but analysis from the RAND Corp. suggests that interoperability and technical issues continue to keep the promise of lower cost and higher quality health care at bay, with a key factor in changing that course being a move to a health care delivery system that favors paying for value rather than quantity.
Agency gives eligible physicians and hospitals that started earning incentive payments for the meaningful use of electronic health records in 2011 an additional year, until 2014, to begin demonstrating that they are meeting the standards outlined in the recently finalized rule.
Researchers looking to use electronic health records may have to wait a bit longer before EHRs become a viable tool for comparative effectiveness research, based on disparities in the location of EHR adoption. A GAO report finds the highest adoption of EHRs in the South and in urban areas.