Many dermatologists are foregoing the switch to electronic health records (EHRs) because they are having trouble implementing the system for their specific practices, Internal Medicine News reports.
The federal government is awarding incentive payments to hospitals and other medical centers who implement these new systems and show meaningful use to the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
A recent survey from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services shows that the number of physicians who are beginning to use EHRs is increasing. Experts believe that this results from the promise of incentive payments.
However, many dermatologists are unclear on how using EHR can improve their practice. Some believe that these systems may help set up clinical decision support, which could assist doctors in keeping better track of patients who suffer from skin cancer.
There is room for improvement regarding EHR. More health information technology professionals are needed to help dermatologists create and implement a system that could specifically help their practice. Furthermore, technicians can help provide a low-cost program to help show meaningful use to the CMS to receive the promised monetary incentives.