The Electronic Health Record Opportunity

an assumption in medicine that there’s a special bond
between a patient and a doctor,
and the providers. That bond means that,
in some way, you have a responsibility
towards every person whose chart sits
in your chart room. CYKERT: We understand
what a practice has to do to use electronic health
records efficiently. AVRAM: Our motto is “We meet
providers where they are and we understand
where they need to go and can help them
get there.” FERNANDEZ: We develop a personal
relationship with the physician and with the office
practice staff. COCHRAN: This isn’t a mandate.
We are here to make sure you understand
what your options are. Our job is to help you recognize
the obstacles and the hurdles that you’re going to have to
get over and then work with you on strategies
to reduce those hurdles. We’re not going to
make them go away. We’re not going to make
something extremely hard, easy. BLUMENTHAL: But I would then
say, “Here are the names of 100 people like you
who have made this transition. See why they did it.
See what they feel about it now. And plan for it.” FERNANDEZ: It’s like a bridge.
We become a bridge to help them cross
the technology gap. Once we walk over that bridge,
hand-in-hand with that doctor and that staff
and they go to the other side, we’re still there,
to make sure that they continue along the path
to attain meaningful use. AVRAM: So we hope
to be working with providers,
in the long term, to help them collect their
data, understand their data, and use their data appropriately
to impact care. MACK: That’s when we
can enter the conversation about loans that can bridge
the gap between the time we implement the technology,
until the time that they can receive the payments
from Medicaid or Medicare. BLUMENTHAL:
We have a one-time, never-to-be repeated
opportunity. The federal government
has put up to $30 billion
on the table to help doctors, nurses,
hospitals, clinics adopt and use
this technology. By 2015,
it’ll be gone. AVRAM:
It’s going to happen. The only question is
“When are you going to make the switch
to electronic health records?” BLUMENTHAL: It’s part of
a business plan for the future. CHOPRA: Let’s help you achieve
your best and brightest capabilities in service
to that patient and ensure that it’s done
in a manner that supports you in the way you
wish to conduct your practice. That’s the simple goal. FERNANDEZ:
If you have the ability to do something good now, why wait until later, why not take advantage
of this opportunity?

8 comments on “The Electronic Health Record Opportunity”

  1. Bobby Gladd says:

    Very nicely done. I'll be adding this to my independent REC blog (just Google REC blog, I'm the first result).

    The RECs are all working very hard to make this initiative a success.

  2. Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT says:

    @BloggyG Thank you for taking the time to comment. We greatly appreciate your feedback.

  3. leorajs says:

    I really appreciate your videos. I have been telling others about them. Thanks!

  4. Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT says:

    @leorajs For more information on ONC programs and policy, please visit

  5. Paul Streicher says:

    Why do we have to always have music behind the video? I can't make out half or more of what is being said.

  6. Dennis Wee says:

    this is really a great idea. but this must be bug and glitch free in order to maintain the documentation accurately

  7. Iron Comet says:

    Really a great video! thanks

  8. moin visolve says:

    Informative video !!!

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