Monday, November 5, 2007

Physicians Required to Implement an EMR

An interesting item on EMR and HIPAA regarding the decision by Partners Healthcare to require physicians in the network to have an EMR or else leave the network.

I would prefer if they let physicians buy their own EMRs and not have it subsidized. It will be interesting to see how things work out over the next 3-5 years. Technology is changing rapidly. Microsoft and Google are also getting more into healthcare. EMRs available today may appear ancient compared to the new crop of EMRs coming out over the next few years. Buying an EMR today compared to in a few years may be like buying a DOS based system to a Windows system.

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