Hospitals hesitant to help docs with EMR

Accreditation Connection, September 19, 2008

Hospitals are frequently slow to help physicians purchase electronic medical record (EMR) systems, even though recent regulatory changes allow them to provide assistance, a report by the Center for Studying Health System Change states.

Assisting physicians to establish EMR systems is considered beneficial to both quality and efficiency, as well as improving the alignment of information between physicians and hospitals. Hospitals may offer subsidies, discounts, or technical support to physicians in order to encourage them to install EMR systems.

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