As providers analyze how prepared they are to meet the meaningful use criteria proposed by the federal government, they also are wondering just what’s in it for them. The government is dangling financial carrots through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 for providers to incorporate the extensive requirements around implementing electronic health records, computer physician-order entry systems and other health IT.
Some organizations are helping providers determine how much they might receive in stimulus payments. Hospitals can use Medsphere Systems Corp.’s Stimulus ROI calculator to estimate the maximum they might receive in incentives in relation to installing Medsphere technology. Elekta also has devised a calculator for doctors to gauge their payments in relation to using the company’s Impac software.