When forced to choose among hundreds of electronic health record software offerings, many providers are increasingly turning to cloud EHR systems. Doing so gives providers better clinical workflow and data management potential than paper-based records while simultaneously letting them ease their way into cloud adoption.
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For cloud EHR users, meaningful use, data exchange low priorities
Qualifying for meaningful use, the federal incentive program for EHR adoption, is less of a motivator for these providers than one might expect.
ClearPractice LLC President Joel Andersen said that, while his company went through the process of getting Eden, its cloud EHR system, certified for meaningful use, it’s hard to tell if the main driver of his company’s business is meaningful use or the popularity of the iPhone and iPad among physicians.
For his part, Dallas-area internist Scott Yates M.D. isn’t planning to apply formeaningful use incentives. (His practice doesn’t see enough Medicare patients). He just feels that EHR workflows are more efficient and secure than paper. He also buys into the argument that electronic workflows lead to better patient care.
Northern Massachusetts physical therapist Kevin McGovern doesn’t even qualify for meaningful use, but he, too, uses a cloud EHR — in this case, from WebPT Inc. — because it simplifies care coordination while minimizing IT support among his four clinic locations.
“I didn’t do it to get a rebate,” McGovern said. “I did it to make my staff happier, be safer, and speed production.”
Read more about PT Kevin McGovern using a could EHR for better productivity and higher-quality patient care – http://searchhealthit.techtarget.com/news/2240038754/For-cloud-EHR-users-mean…