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Q: EHRs offer many advantages to physicians and their practices. Identify and discuss reasons physician practices may not adopt EHRs. As a staff member, what advice would you offer the physician?
A: The findings come as the federal government is taking steps to accelerate adoption. Last week, Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Michael O. [ [ Leavitt announced that Medicare was providing $150 million to 12 cities and states to help more physicians adopt electronic health records. The five-year effort is expected to help as many as 1,200 small practices around the country
switch from paper to digital recordkeeping. Lead study author Catherine DesRoches, an assistant in health policy at Massachusetts General, says getting more physicians to embrace and tout EHRs is critical to breaking down the resistance to using this technology. And while adoption trends today are "very sobering," DesRoches says she sees glimmers of hope. The survey shows that 16 percent of physicians said their practice had purchased an EHR but had not employed it yet. Another 26 percent said their practice was planning on purchasing a digital recordkeeping system within the next two years. ] ]
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