Physicians struggling with EHRs may find support from more than government sources, as the Physicians Foundation announced this week that it has awarded more than $3 million in grants to help physicians select and implement EHRs and otherwise thrive in the digital age.
"Health information technology is a critical component of health reform and will continue to transform the operation of physician practices and the delivery of healthcare as the Affordable Care Act comes into full effect," said Alan Plummer, M.D., Physicians Foundation Vice President and chairman of the Grants committee. "Given the legislative and market need to adopt these systems, it is imperative physicians and healthcare providers understand all aspects of EHR adoption as well as feel confident they possess the leadership skills to navigate the current healthcare environment."
Some of the grants include funds to:
The Colorado Medical Society Foundation to create workshops with Colorado's regional extension center (REC) and health information organization on meeting Meaningful Use
The Maine Primary Care Association to help small physician practices connect to the state's health information exchanges and immunization registry
Indiana's HealthLINC, to provide resources on EHRs to physicians and indigent care sites not eligible for REC services.
The Foundation also awards grants to teach physicians leadership skills, address physician shortages, and other initiatives.
It's no secret that many physicians have been dissatisfied with their EHRs and have had trouble meeting the Meaningful Use requirements. The Government Accountability Office recently reported that providers who received assistance from a REC were more than twice as likely to have received a Meaningful Use incentive payment.
To learn more:
- learn about the Physicians Foundation