Recently published updates by Medical Economics have indicated that money is the prime motivator for physicians adopting EHR systems.
Of the doctors surveyed, 95% indicated that achieving meaningful (and receiving incentive payments) was what drove them to adopt EHR systems. In comparison, improving patient care was listed as a secondary motivation for 53% of doctors.
Let’s be honest with ourselves and admit that money is the reason most of us get out of bed in the morning. And why should health care be any different? The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) EHR Incentive Programs have already doled out almost $3.8 billion in incentives to eligible professionals (EPs) and hospitals that have demonstrated meaningful use.
According to a report from McKinsey Center for US Health System Reform, the US as a nation spends more on health care than any other nation. As of 2009, the US health care industry generated $2.5 trillion, which is 17.6 % of GDP. And health care spending continues to grow while the rest of the economy is experiencing historically low growth, with outpatient care representing one of the most significant rates of growth. Should we be concerned that our doctors are less concerned with the quality of health than the healthiness of their bottom lines?