If your hospital or health system is like most in the United States, you recently spent tens or even hundreds of millions of dollars on a new or upgraded electronic health record system. That’s primarily due to meaningful use, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ EHR incentive program. CMS has paid more than $23 billion in incentives to hospitals and physicians for EHRs today, while promising penalties tomorrow for those that don’t comply. Stage 1 of meaningful use, which had a 2012 deadline, focused on data capture and sharing. Stage 2, which deadlines this year, focuses on advancing clinical processes. However, Stage 3, which has a 2017 deadline, is when hospitals will have to show improvements in quality, safety and efficiency.
Mark Van Kooy, MD
Dr. Van Kooy has over 30 years of experience in healthcare as a family physician and consultant. For much of his career he was a faculty physician and residency director and continues as a clinically active physician....