This article by Software Advice about the RECs offers 5 reasons why the RECs are going to fail in their mission of helping providers become meaningful users of an EMR:
- Doctor’s aren’t moving as fast as the money is flowing
- The market already delivers on what RECs promise
- “Preferred vendor lists” limit choice and free markets
- RECs won’t get doctors to “meaningful use” fast enough
- The REC model leads to under-staffed, ephemeral entities
It’s a pretty damaging list of flaws. I’m not so sure about the second item actually working. Although, I don’t think the RECs are going to be able to do better than the market, so it still stands as a decent point.
I personally think the real problem with most of the RECs is that they’re too worried about their future business model than they are about really fulfilling the mission of helping doctors. Sadly, it’s kind of a feature of the requirements that have been imposed upon them.
Reminds me of the phrase, what you incentivize you will get. Unfortunately, the incentives are tied to numbers and not actual usefulness and quality.