Meaningful Use is Easy

My readers make some of the best comments. They’re definitely engaged in what’s happening in the EHR world and provide me amazing inspiration for future posts. In this case, John Brewer commented on my post about meaningful use forcing doctors into ACOs. Here’s a portion of his comment:

MU is actually easy…depending on your EHR. Much of MU is dependent on whether you EHR is able to pull the relevant data – Oh sure, you need to change your ways to ensure you get the required “counters”, and THIS is really where many docs get frustrated.

Add to the frustration that it generally takes clicking in 3 to 7 different places within an EHR to get ONE counter, and you can see why the frustration grows.

I really find it interesting that John Brewer says that meaningful use is easy, and then illustrates what makes it not easy. I think the point he’s making is that there’s nothing that’s a real challenge to accomplish in meaningful use. You can do any of the tasks really easily. However, just because something is easy doesn’t mean that it’s not time consuming. Meaningful use really is quite easy, but it can also be a real time suck.

When I think about the meaningful use time suck, I wonder if we’re creating a generation of doctors who hate their EHR because of the meaningful use time suck. I’ve written previously about the EHR physician revolt. If I dig a little deeper into this revolt, I see a revolt against the EHR time suck and not the technology itself.

Doctors don’t want to become data entry clerks. Unfortunately, the meaningful use requirements often have this affect on doctors. I fear that this will create a cohort of doctors who hate their EHR. Most doctors won’t be able to separate the technology from the regulations. For them it will always be the software’s fault.

Are we creating a generation of doctors who hate EHR?