Physicians who participate in Medicare and/or Medicaid are implementing or planning to implement electronic medical records (EMR), because 2015 is coming. In case you didn’t know: there was health care legislation included in the ARRA Stimulus Bill passed in 2009.
The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act mandates the use of electronic health record (EHR) technology by Medicaid and Medicare physicians. And the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has reimbursement penalties for those who don’t comply with the HITECH Act by 2015.
What’s the difference between Electronic Health Records and Electronic Medical Records?
They’re close. Electronic medical records is the computerized version of the paper medical charts you still see in many medical offices. An electronic health record (EHR) software system uses health information exchange (HIE) technology to integrate electronic medical records from multiple health care providers. One of the goals of an electronic health record and the HITECH Act is for better coordination of care between health care providers.
That means that all the doctors caring for you, the patient, will know what the other has done. For instance, it will protect you from drug interaction problems when more than one doctor is writing prescriptions for you.
All this sounds great. But in reality, the age of your doctor seems to have a bearing on how effective the electronic medical records software is in providing the benefits to you r and/or your physician.
There was a statistically significant contrast in attitudes among doctors over and under 50 years of age. The Accenture study found that doctors under 50 are more likely to believe that healthcare IT has a positive impact across a wide range of perceived benefits, including improved health outcomes for patients, increased speed of access to health services and reductions in medical errors. More than 72 percent of doctors under 50 think EMR and HIE will improve care coordination across settings and service boundaries. And, 73 percent believe these technologies will offer better access to quality data for clinical research. These numbers vary, however, for doctors over 50—only 65 percent and 68 percent respectively perceive the same benefits.
The electronic health record technology is the same regardless of who the physician is. As with all technology its success is heavily impacted by the people who use the technology. The older doctors may have more resistance to electronic medical records and electronic health records.
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