ICD 10 And Meaningful Use Lack Incentives for Doctors

Posted on March 31, 2010 I Written By

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One of the really interesting conversations I had recently was with Tori Sullivan from Capgemini. Tori is knee deep in the fun that is ICD 10 and the transition to ICD 10. However, one thing that she said really struck a major chord with me during our discussion. She said…

“ICD 10 and Meaningful Use Don’t Focus Enough Incentives for Doctors.”

Basically, what’s the benefits for doctors to implement these regulations and changes? If you’ve ready me for any length of time, you probably have realized that I’m a doctor’s advocate. I strongly believe that some of the major reasons that EMR software hasn’t been adopted more widely is because far too many of the EMR software don’t put enough focus on the doctor.

Like it or not, Doctors are VERY powerful in their offices and can derail a project or make it succeed very easily.

This is why I agree completely that if you really want to affect change in the healthcare industry using EMR (or any other system), focus on benefiting the doctors and you’ll see amazing changes for good start to happen.