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 Would the final meaningful use rules increase EHR installs?
Now that the final ruling has been released, and much of the submitted 2000 comments taken into consideration, and the requirements are much more flexible than previously released.  Does anyone feel that this would increase the adoption of EHR?
ASKED: July 15, 2010  3:59 AM
UPDATED: July 16, 2010  6:25 pm

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Most physicians are very comfortable with what they currently have on paper like we love our hamburgers and french fries. EHR is better for the system as a whole and we all seem to agree with that, the same as we know vegetable is good for us. For those who embrace EHR, the final rules make no difference. For those who resist it, still hate it because the rule is basically saying, all-right you still have to eat vegetable but you don't have to eat as much. Adoption of EHR is a very big change that require so much time and effort from all the stakeholders. It takes a whole lot more than just bending the rules.
Last Wiki Answer Submitted:  July 16, 2010  4:20 am  by  Gangesnguyendon   30 pts.
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I agree. For those already committed to EHR, the change in the rules makes it more likely they will actually collect the incentive payments. For those who think paper charts do the job they are trying to do faster, more conveniently and more affordably, the change in rules won’t make a big difference.

The popular perception is that EHR replaces paper charts and makes some changes to the workflow within the practice. In other words, EHR is just a new way of doing what practices have always done. When seen in that frame of reference, paper charts look like the better solution to many physicians.

For EHR adoption to take hold among the small practices, I think this issue has to be directly linked to and aligned with reforms in the way primary care is delivered and paid for. Such reforms are already underway in various places, but they still need a lot more time and collaboration by the stakeholders.

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