The Electronic Medical Record Dialogue: What's Your Take?

April 25th, 2011 1 Min read The Electronic Medical Record Dialogue: What's Your Take? Blog
There is much dialogue in the media today discussing the adoption of Electronic Medical Records (EMRs). Due to possible Medicare payment penalties for non-adoption and payment incentives for adoption in the coming years due to the 2009 HITECH Act, the debate is heating up. A recent article in the Wall Street Journal demonstrates the amount of work still to be done with EMRs and highlights the mentality of those not yet partially or fully integrated. The article calls out a recent survey done by the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) that finds physicians are becoming more skeptical of EMRs and the barriers they face. The MGMA survey shows that there is an increase of skepticism due to initial expense, lack of confidence in a return on investment and the loss of productivity. Training is another obstacle facing organizations who have already taken the leap by underestimating the amount of time and resources required. What does this hesitancy mean for consumers? The U.S. government believes, through the explanation of meaningful use that EMR adoption will help improve the delivery of care through accuracy, access to information, patient engagement, security and privacy. EMRs continue to be a source of controversy. What's your take?