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Jul 8 2011   1:33PM GMT

Main Line Health contributing to adoption of EHRs

Posted by: AllinHIT
EHR adoption, EHR systems, Physician adoption

Main Line Health, an integrated delivery system anchored with four acute care hospitals serving suburban Philadelphia, is doing its part to spur the adoption of EHRs in the community. Despite the relaxation of Stark Laws, ONC’s Meaningful Use stage 2 and ACO/PCHM models, few hospitals are offering subsidized EHR’s to their physician communities. Main Line’s EHR program should be commended, regardless of motives, for their community altruism and possibly having a positive effect on the rates of EHR adoption.

What makes this particularly attractive to the physician community is the elimination of “barriers to entry” variables, such as software costs, training, interfaces, etc. The program offers up-front funding, helping affiliated physicians adopt a suite of information technology applications beside a standard EHR. Main Line, purchasing 150 licenses from vendor eClinicalWorks, will also include an integrated practice management system (PMS), patient portal, clinical and financial analytics, mobile access and physician-to-physician communications (Direct Project will also do this for free). Another key feature, the importance of which I believe is constantly overlooked, is the physician-to-patient secure messaging for appointment reminders and lab/diagnostic imaging results! Other particulars that should be commended are a fast-track implementation program, designed to bring practices live in less than 12 weeks, where training is provided for a small fee (one of the onl up-front costs).  Lastly, providers can repay the licenses if they receive EHR meaningful use incentive payments.  Wow!

Main Line is offering this program for both a large physician affiliated base and for those that are non-affiliated. This fact has me asking: Why isn’t this model prominent at all hospitals, especially CAH’s?  Not to say that offering one solution to a large physician base will necessarily fit the bill; as we all know, one size EHR does not fit all in terms of physician practices.  However, as long as it’s a certified solution, at least it’s a daggone good start!

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