Would Any Current EMR Users Be Able to Show Meaningful Use?

Posted on July 9, 2010 I Written By

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I think this might be the million dollar question. Or I guess you might say it’s the $18 million question (depending on the EMR stimulus projections you like most). Think about it…

Would Any Current EMR Users Be Able to Show Meaningful Use?

Ok, think about the 25 meaningful use objectives (here’s a page with links to all the various meaningful use matrix out there). How many of the 15% or so of doctors who are currently using an EMR would meet the meaningful use guidelines?

I would say that the number likely approaches 0. If not, it’s extremely low I believe.

If this is the case, then why aren’t they meaningful users of an EMR. Is it because the meaningful use guidelines are off base? Or is it because these current EMR users need to step up their game and start using their EMR software the right way (or at least the meaningful use way).

This will give you something to think about this weekend.