Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

Government to Monitor EHR Adoption Gap

Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

Government to Monitor EHR Adoption Gap

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SAN DIEGO -- Government strategies for health information technology will aid physicians by lowering the cost, improving the benefits, and lowering the risks, said David J. Brailer, M.D., Ph.D., national coordinator for health information technology, in a keynote address at the annual meeting of the American Health Lawyers Association.

Information technology "is a tectonic issue for physicians, one that separates old from young, progressive from Luddite, and those who want to be part of a performance-based future from those who want to practice the way they have for years," said Dr. Brailer of the Department of Health and Human Services, Washington. "We're trying to be nonregulatory, to use a market-based approach, and that means we want to work with the willing. Surveys show that many physicians, at least half today, would do this if they could figure out how to do it."

One barrier to adoption of electronic health records (EHRs) is the variety of products on the market. Certifying a basic, minimally featured EHR system will aid physicians in making rational purchasing decisions, Dr. Brailer said.

Another barrier to adoption of EHRs is the current lack of a sound business model. …

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