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hanging an organization’s processes usually is a diffi cult task.
People are used to the way “things have always been done” and Emma McFarland
often are reluctant to try something new – such as accepting
Daniel Curtis Byrd
technology solutions they are unfamiliar with. It’s called “hu-
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medical records (EMR) is broached.
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Staunch objections to EMRs generally have centered on either lost pro-
ductivity or costs, mostly the latter. The HITECH Act addresses the cost
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issue by providing billions of dollars for electronic records implementa-
tions, but getting $44,000 back from the feds for a system that might cost
a physician’s offi ce $150,000 does not necessarily create strong demand to
move from paper to electronic records. Now, however, a number of EMR
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vendors and several large hospital systems are lending a hand.
Circulation Manager David Welsher
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Vendors are offering delayed fi nancing, or loans, Issues/Subscriptions (941) 966-9521 ext. 136
that do not have to be repaid until fed money starts
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fl owing next year. Some hospitals are basically match-
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ing the federal stimulus money for their physicians.
Ad Contracts Manager Laura Moulton
Regulations allow hospitals to subsidize the cost of their Ad Traffi c Manager Kathleen Shook
physicians’ EMR systems – but those physicians must
pay 15 percent of the cost under Medicare rules. EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD
A new report from healthcare market-research pub- CareGroup John D. Halamka, M.D., CIO
lisher Kalorama Information contends that vendors and
Harvard Medical School,
hospitals need to step up, as they are doing, in order to
Chair of HITSP
Cleveland Clinic C. Martin Harris, M.D., CIO
bring momentum to this technological shift.
Elsevier Jonathan Teich, M.D., CMIO
Senior VP Finance, Chrissy Yamada, CFO
“A body at rest stays at rest unless acted upon by an Evergreen Healthcare
outside force,” says Bruce Carlson, publisher of Kalorama Information.
Clinical Systems Manager, Pamela Shedd, RN
Springhill Medical Center
“Hospitals and large health systems will need to have parallel incentives
New Mexico Bob Mayer, CIO
Department of Health
in order for the EMR concept to happen in a meaningful way. Covisint David Miller, CSO
“The announcement of government incentives of up to $18,000 in
increased Medicare payments to doctors for the meaningful use of EMR
has created interest,” Carlson says. “But these incentives represent future
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