How EHR implementation impacts revenue streams and patient care

A new study by Weill Cornell Medical College backs up previous reports that healthcare providers who adopt EHR early enjoy more financial gain than those who don’t.
“Early adopters of EHRs and participants in EHR incentive programs proved to have more financial capacity, better organization and better resources for supporting EHR implementation,” explains Health IT Outcomes’ Katie White.
The downside is that healthcare providers who have adopted EHR programs and subsequently participated in Medicaid incentive programs may be in a position to provide better care to their patients.
“If a digital divide develops, patients of doctors who keep paper – not electronic – records will have less reliable documentation and weaker communication between their healthcare providers. Those patients will not benefit from any quality improvements created by EHRs that are supported by the programs,” according to a statement from Weill Cornell.
“The expectation is that physicians and hospitals should be electronic,” Joshua Vest, assistant professor of healthcare policy and research at Weill Cornell said in a statement.
“How would everybody feel if only half of the banks were electronic nowadays? Without additional support to move forward there is the potential to stall out among those who don’t have the resources or capability to adopt EHRs.”.
Source: FCM