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Reflecting on EHR adoption, and other health IT news this week

Hardly a week goes by without a health care industry organization issuing a survey or set of poll results suggesting that electronic health record (EHR) adoption remains agonizingly slow.

Recent data from Harris Interactive Inc. and athenahealth Inc. suggest several reasons for the slow pace of EHR adoption, chief among them the cost of buying and implementing EHR systems and the general public’s reluctance to use the patient portals connected to the systems. A separate survey, from the Healthcare Management Council Inc., gives health care providers considering EHR adoption some food for thought; that survey identifies incompatible charts, poor inventory utilization and disrupted workflows as pain points that must be avoided for EHR implementation to be (relatively) smooth.

Check out the rest of last week’s coverage:

Better health IT design key to improving patient safety: The role of health IT in opening communication between patients and providers, and in improving patient safety cannot be underemphasized, two University of Illinois at Chicago physicians note in this podcast.

Hospital UC systems converge messaging, create efficiencies: In hospitals, unified communications (UC) systems can improve patient care — and the bottom line — by porting all messaging and alerts to caregivers’ smartphones.

Making rollout of hospital UC systems smooth and efficient: Scope your needs before you plan your hospital’s UC systems. Once everything is up and running, expand the systems to incorporate EHR functions and further boost efficiency.

Website details meaningful use incentives as more docs leave Medicare: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has created a website summarizing various meaningful use and EHR adoption incentive programs, and what it will take to reap the rewards.

ONC planning to issue rule for NHIN standards: Work on the Nationwide Health Information Network standards rule should begin this fall. Transparency, accountability and identity assurances rank among the issues to be addressed.

Medical home model gains popularity in Michigan: The medical home model of care delivery is based on the idea that patients should have an ongoing relationship with a single primary care provider who coordinates all patient care. The largest such example is found in Michigan, where more than 1,800 primary care physicians have been designated as patient-centered medical homes.

Finally, is proud to announce its podcast page, which provides links to all our audio interviews with health IT leaders and experts.

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Very interesting. I do agree with you on most factors that affect EHR adoptions. But I also agree with view points in this blog which talks on the similar lines. [A href=""] I think solutions to the challenges posed over here are going to shape the future of EHR adoption in US healthcare industry.