South Florida Hospital News
Saturday October 31, 2020
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June 2010 - Volume 6 - Issue 12
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A Better Way to EHR Adoption

Electronic Health Records (EHRs) have been available for more than 30 years. Despite promises of improving outcomes and lowering costs, still only 38% of the nation’s 800,000 physicians use an EHR. The reasons for this low adoption rate are simple: most traditional EHRs fail to help doctors work smarter, see more patients, make more money, or deliver better care.

Now Washington has stepped in to spur adoption rates. The HITECH Act—part of the stimulus package—is intended to encourage adoption by providing $44,000 in incentives from Medicare for "meaningful use" of an EHR.
 
These incentives won’t compensate for underlying EHR shortcomings. Physicians could become saddled with expensive software-based EHRs that drain revenue with maintenance and upgrade costs.
 
There is a better way.
 
athenaClinicals(sm), our web-based EHR service, transcends the failures of the past with a bold, yet simple solution. It’s rooted in a careful analysis of how EHRs can add value to patient workflow. It’s designed with an understanding of fundamental practice economics. Rather than drain revenue, the right EHR can provide a gain in revenue.
 
athenaClinicals allows doctors to achieve 100% of the benefits of a paperless EHR while documenting patient encounters as desired. It optimizes the patient workflow and helps reduce costs, including those associated with document management, patient orders, and results follow-up.
 
Ultimately, a fine-tuned workflow can drive higher EHR adoption, higher physician revenue, and better patient care.
The March 2010 KLAS report on EHRs found high doctor confidence that athenaClinicals is the “closest to achieving the meaningful use standards” among EHR vendors. We are so confident that we can help you get Medicare payments for “meaningful use of an EHR” through the HITECH Act incentive program that we guarantee that you will get your payment in the first year.*
 
That's meaningful change that can truly benefit physicians and their patients.
To learn more about how athenahealth can provide a better way to EHR adoption, visit athenahealth.com/sfhn or call (866) 817-5738.
 
* As a service-based EHR, our monthly fee is the only payment we receive from our clients for our EHR. If you don’t receive the Federal Stimulus reimbursement dollars when they’re available, we will credit you 100% of your EHR service fees for up to six months until you do. This offer applies to HITECH Act reimbursement payments only. Additional terms, conditions, and limitations apply. 
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