Reform Under the Radar: The Electronic Health Record
The Electronic Health Record (EHR) represents the “biggest leap forward for healthcare since the discovery of penicillin. EHRs will be everywhere in ten years.” — Glenn Laffel, MD, PhD, Senior Vice President, Clinical Affairs, Practice Fusion.
Whether or not the United States has health insurance and other reforms, the evolution towards a uniformly applied Electronic Health Record is proceeding. Healthcare seriously lags behind other industries in its ability to consolidate an individual’s health records between doctors, specialists, hospitals, labs, procedures, vaccinations, and diagnoses.
In 2009, Congress passed, and President Obama signed the Stimulus Bill, which included $20 billion in incentives for physicians, other health professionals, and labs to consistently start using the EHR in their practices and businesses. In this podcast, Dr. Laffel defines terms; discusses how this federally mandated initiative works; the issues of interoperability between systems and vendors; Meaningful Use; how the EHR will improve communication between physicians and patients, to revolutionize healthcare delivery by 2020.
Podcast (15 Minutes)