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March 2013

Meaningful use guidelines for specialists: Stickier than for primary care

Meaningful use for specialists isn't as simple as it is for primary care practitioners. Read this two-part series to understand how medical professionals are tackling the challenge of complying with meaningful useguidelines. First, many specialists don't use electronic health records (EHRs) to begin with, but instead track patient data through proprietary systems as well as practice management and billing applications. Using an EHR doesn't just represent new software; it also means new, additional workflow to support meaningful use patient data reporting criteria. More news and analysis for specialists Meaningful use adoption slow among radiologists Health IT staff, radiologists need to communicate Breaking data silos between hospitals, radiologist departments Second, some specialists fear sharing data directly with patients, as required by the meaningful use program, may jeopardize business relationships with their referring physicians. They customarily deliver the news themselves to their patients, lest a test result contain ...

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