Marshfield Clinic Sets an Example of EHR Meaningful Use

One of the biggest challenges physicians face in regards to demonstrating meaningful use of electronic health records (EHRs), according to the American Medical Association (AMA), is the lack of certified EHR systems supporting meaningful use currently available in the market. If Marshfield Clinic in Wisconsin is any indication, however, hospitals eligible to participate in the EHR Incentive Program need not worry about the certified EHR technology they’ll use. Getting all their physicians on board will be a much greater obstacle.

Becoming a meaningful user of EHR technology is “more of an operational project than an IT project,” said Michael Cummens, Marshfield’s associate chief medical information officer.

For example, he said, orthopedic specialists often don’t see the value in taking patients’ vital signs or recording their smoking status, but these are government quality measures, so the key is to engineer the work flow so that someone else on the care team performs these tasks. This will serve to “minimize the demands on providers as much as possible,” Cummens said.

Modern Healthcare reports on how Marshfield Clinic’s proactive approach and positive attitude have put them ahead of the game—not just for EHR incentive requirements but for ICD-10 implementation as well.

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