Experts say clinicians must be on board if EHR implementation achieves meaningful use

According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, healthcare providers that show meaningful use of electronic health records (EHRs) can be eligible to receive financial incentives from the federal government.

By using these systems, hospitals can benefit from the reduction of errors, availability of records and data, reminders and alerts, clinical supports and e-prescribing capabilities.

Experts say that, in order for healthcare providers to achieve these benefits, hospitals and medical centers must design EHRs that align with clinicians’ workflow and viewpoints. Implementation of these systems can help move the organization forward by improving care and reducing costs.

“Successful EHR implementation requires education and understanding between administrative staff and clinicians,” said Craig Miller, vice president of health strategy and innovation for Vangent. “[The company's] new white paper [consulting service] offers valuable insight into how healthcare organizations can maximize how they qualify for meaningful use incentives by deploying creative strategies to engage clinicians and encourage adoption.”

This demonstrates the need for medical facilities to hire more graduates who hold health information technology management degrees. These professionals can help introduce EHRs to healthcare providers.

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