EHRs widely used but fall short of Federal standards

June 15, 2012 No Comments

SOURCE:HealthCare IT News

California physicians are finding themselves cornered in an EHR catch-22, a new report finds. The data shows that although a majority of the state’s physicians now use EHRs – technology pushed by the federal government – most of the implemented systems fail to meet new federal meaningful use requirements.

The report, conducted by the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) in conjunction with the California Medical Board and the California Department of Health Care Services, comes as a disappointment for the state’s medical community.

“We found that physicians are more likely to have electronic health records with functions that support individual patient visits rather than functions that support overall quality improvement,” said Janet M. Coffman, assistant professor at the UCSF Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies and UCSF Department of Family and Community Medicine.

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