An Overview of Decision 2012: A Health Records Debate

This year, Care360 engaged with many physicians in a national debate around the benefits and challenges associated with paper versus electronic medical records. We know that making the move towards electronic health records (EHR) is not right for every practice, and there are a lot of questions to answer before knowing if paper or electronic is right for you. 

During the debate, advocates for both paper and electronic health records (EHRs) shared their views on the benefits of their chosen method. For example, continuing to use paper records allows you to preserve your existing workflow and avoid the implementation challenges that are traditionally associated with the move to electronic. However, with the right EHR, physicians are finding their existing workflow streamlined and also that their workday often ends earlier since they are more productive during office hours. 

A strong vendor like Care360 from Quest Diagnostics also helps minimize implementation challenges. For example, with a cloud-based solution, physicians avoid expensive hardware and technical support. Care360 is implemented in a stepwise approach allowing a practice the chance to master the software piece by piece at a comfortable pace. 

Following the debate, a panel discussion allowed physicians to talk with their peers and Care360 experts about questions and concerns. While each event panel was asked different questions, a common theme we found was that physicians were concerned with the cost of purchasing an EHR solution and the return on their investment (ROI). 

The Care360 Grant Program subsidizes 85% of the cost of an EHR and the associated training. In addition, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is offering an incentive for providers to use an EHR in a meaningful way. Between the two programs, providers who adopt now can purchase a certified solution at a very low cost and will see a return on their investment within months. 

If you would like to hear more about the debate, we encourage you to check out these resources. 

    • View the campaign videos introducing the Paper Party and the Electronic Electorate

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