Speaking about government financial incentives to help healthcare organizations acquire Electronic Medical Records, EMR, evokes a lot of passion. Social media, blogs, online magazines, hard copy – the comments range from full support to total rejection of government being involved in any such efforts.
The focus of this post is the particular argument that Federal EMR incentives has led to dissatisfaction and debacle. Personally, I can see how “Meaningful Use” may have been the hand that fed an organization's bad acquisition or deployment decision. However, I do not believe that government structured the program that made a bad decision the default outcome. If physicians are not happy with the product selected, is that the government’s fault? Or is that the result of a poor acquisition and or deployment strategy?
I look forward to your comments.