According to the HITECH Act, eligible professionals (physicians, dentists, chiropractors, and in some circumstances physician assistants and nurse practitioners) can qualify for up to $44,000 through Medicare and $65,000 through Medicaid for transitioning their medical notes from paper based to an inter-operable electronic format. The federal government's goal in this incentive is to establish a national initiative to ensure medical data is submitted to CMS (Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services) where the information can be used to establish comparative analysis of disease management and improve disease outcomes through evidence based medicine in a cost effective way.
It's an ambitious objective, with the potential for game-changing impacts on medicine. The process, however, won't be an easy one. Read article.
~ Dr. Kevin Friedman