EMR Motivations

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I’ve been thinking quite a bit lately about the impact of the EMR stimulus money and how it’s changed the EMR world. One of the big changes is the motivations people have to adopt an EMR. With $36 billion of stimulus money, things have changed. I even went so far as to create a post called “EMR Is About the Money.”

Turns out that CIO, Neal Ganguly, agrees with me, but described it in a much more politically correct way in his listing of the EMR drivers:

  • Physicians: Primary Driver = Stimulus dollars; Secondary Driver = Easier access to data; Tertiary Driver = Better outcomes / continuity of care
  • Hospitals: Primary Driver = Stimulus dollars; Secondary Drivers = Strengthen physician relationships / Fear of reduced reimbursement; Tertiary Drivers = Better outcomes / continuity of care
  • Government: Primary Driver = Reduce costs by eliminating waste and redundancy; Secondary Driver = Better outcomes / continuity of care; Tertiary Driver = Better data to analyze and drive ongoing health reform.

Does anyone disagree with these items? I’d love to hear it in the comments.

My only comment is that government doesn’t seem to have any drivers. To me it seems like they were just given a bunch of money for EHR and now they’re trying to figure out what to do with it.