Adoption Of E-Health Records Gets Stimulus Of Medicare Rewards, Penalties
A program to bring about wider adoption of health information technology in physicians' offices is mirroring the conceptual framework of rewarding and penalizing physicians through Medicare payments that was used to promote adoption of electronic prescribing
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The American Association for Cancer Research recommends that meaningful use criteria include a requirement that electronic health records connect to clinical trial databases to encourage greater participation.
The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America and drug manufacturers offer comments on HHS’ proposed next-stage requirements for electronic health records, which physicians and hospitals will have to meet in order to qualify for incentive payments for the meaningful use of EHRs.
Although a specific criterion directly measuring medication adherence is not part of the meaningful use standard for electronic health records, they offer tools to help ensure patients take their medications.