Are you a “meaningful user”?

We came across data on the rate that psychiatrists are using EHRs (electronic health records).

The data was published by Medscape.com for a study of the percentage of various specialists who are making “meaningful use” of EHRs. You can find the survey here (registration required). The pertinent slides are #24, 25, and 26.

The key point is that 7% of psychiatrists responding to the survey said they were using one or another EHR system. As you know the federal government is strongly encouraging physicians to move to EHRs, and the financial incentives for “meaningful use” can be significant.

EHRs are no panacea, however.  Like all tools, they have positives and negatives.  We have written on this topic extensively.  Please contact us.

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