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Volume 3, Number 2, March/April 2015

In struggles, meaningful use attestation shapes EHR

The city of Boston had a tough winter, with a series of intense snowstorms that clogged roads, tested people's patience, and at times shut down public transit. The problems of the halted bus, subway and train system -- what locals here in Boston call the T -- stem somewhat from record snowfall but have much more to do with aging equipment, lack of modern investment and leaders shrugging their shoulders. Not that long ago, it would have been easy to imagine the U.S. medical records industry joining the T in the old-timer hall of shame. Fortunately, hospital systems and physician practices saw the pitfalls ahead of the curve and received nudges from the federal government, all of which resulted in widespread investment in electronic health records (EHR) endeavors. The old, rusty paper-record approach isn't totally gone yet, but it's waning as providers install EHR systems, complete meaningful use attestation of these setups, and march forward with interoperability efforts. In offering incentives to hospitals and physicians to ...

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