Behind the EHR headache is patient care

There once was a time when adoption of electronic health records by health practices had nothing to do with incentive dollars, and everything to do with patient care, writes FiercePracticeManagement editor Deb Beaulieu this week. Her message to practices currently struggling with the transition: continue to remember the patients. "Today, EHR adoption is no longer purely voluntary, as the government wants all healthcare providers using the technology by 2014," she writes. "But regardless of the carrot [or stick] being used to drive implementation today and tomorrow, practices need to keep their focus on the same underlying reasons for going to the trouble." --Read the full commentary at FiercePracticeManagement

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