Study shows that most doctors could qualify for federal incentives from EHR use

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A recent study published in the journal Health Affairs found that the majority of physicians working in family practice or internal medicine could meet meaningful use criteria for electronic health records (EHR) and receive federal incentives, Healthcare IT News reports.

However, researchers found that fewer than 66 percent or pediatricians, obstetrician-gynecologists and psychiatrists may be eligible.

The study revealed that nearly 15 percent of physicians are not currently eligible for incentives and do not have a basic EHR system in place. Researchers noted that this group was most likely to not make use of the technology.

“If after the (federal) incentives have been implemented, research reveals that physicians still are not generally using EHRs and that further incentives would lead to commensurate gains in the quality and efficiency of care,” Brian K. Bruen, lead researcher of the study, told the news source.

This study shows the need for health information managers to help private practice doctors create and implement an EHR system. This technology can help medical facilities meet federal meaningful use standards and earn incentives.