Major Reason Why EMR Adoption Is So Low

Currently, doctors must invest time and money to implement EHR systems, but it’s the insurers and payers who ultimately benefit, thanks to a reduction in unnecessary tests and medications.


Couldn’t have said it better myself. Now, how do we change this? Will the current EHR stimulus fix it?

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John Lynn

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  • I’d say this is mostly an advantage for the patient. I knew someone who had to undergo duplicate, extremely painful tests. Then had to pay for all of them (e.g. what the insurance didn’t cover).

    Reductions in “unnecessary tests” are a good thing, hopefully for all who are involved..

  • Most of the docs I have met on the advisory committee are not fully vested in the trenches, but do e-medicine as corporate consultants. The proposal that we as physicians will take a week off of patient care to go learn an EMR system, well speaks for itself. They don’t even give CME’s. There needs to be a panel of recent EMR adoptee physicians to temper the unbridled enthusiasm of those consultants who are no longer full time physicians. Real world implimentation is expensive, inefficinet and in herently dangerous in the interim.

  • Good point D Thrasher. Many of the doctors especially in larger group implementations haven’t been “in the trenches” for a while and so they might have lost some perspective on what it’s like.

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