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Big $ Incentives And Practice Gains For Physicians Who Change to Electronic Health Records

May 15, 2009

Signed into law on February 17, 2009, the ARRA provides physicians a maximum of between $44,000 and $64,000 in incentives for adopting and demonstrating “meaningful use” of an Electronic Health Record beginning in fiscal 2011. Recent studies have demonstrated that physicians who use a connected Electronic Health Record believe the technology dramatically improves the practice of medicine. One such survey of 2,758 physicians, published in the June 18, 2008 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, found that physicians who use a fully functional Electronic Health Record reported the system positively affects the quality of their clinical decisions (82 percent), their ability to avoid medication errors (86 percent), their communication with other providers (97 percent) and patients (72 percent), timely access to medical records (97 percent), and the delivery of long-term and preventive care that meets clinical guidelines (82-85 percent).

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