The use of portable computers and tablets has gained both positive and negative reactions from doctors. Although there are doctors that rely on the electronic medical records or EMRs for accessibility and convenience but some still think that traditional paper work and the use of pen and pad is still the best way to handle patients. The US government aims to reach the goal of Obamacare wherein the costs are lower and there is more access with the records.
As of now, doctors and hospitals are being convinced by the federal government to adopt health information technology and EMRs with financial incentives but this will change soon wherein penalties will be set instead of rewards. In the year 2015, all physicians that are not using an EMR that is certified will have 1% cut on their Medicare reimbursements. This deduction rate will increase to 2% in year 2016, 3% in 2017, 4% in 2018, and can go up to 95%, which will depend on the adjustments in the future.
The key component of Obamacare is to pay for quality instead of paying for services. Paying for quality means measuring quality and it has been difficult in the past without the use of technology, and the use of EMR and EHR are perfect tools to achieve the goal. There are already many hospitals in the United States that have gone digital and received a significant amount of federal incentive.
EMR or electronic medical record is a software system that replaces the use of paper charts while EHR or electronic health record is software that can connect physicians as well as other caregivers to coordinate information of patient such as medical history, medications, laboratory data, immunizations, and radiology reports. Time will come that patients and doctors won’t have much choice because the future is believed to be in this technological development.