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Meaningful Use Is Here to Stay: More Radiologists Need to Get on Board, Says InPractice Article

Expert Describes Steps for Implementing Meaningful Use Technology to Earn Federal Bonuses, Avoid Penalties

SAN DIEGO – An article recently published in InPractice, a publication by the American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS), outlines seven steps for radiologists to consider when planning for a successful meaningful use (MU) technology implementation. Radiologists need to act quickly to qualify for the remaining federal incentive payments available for meaningful use of electronic health records (EHRs). The payments are distributed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

The article titled “7 Steps for Implementing Meaningful Use”, written by DR Systems co-founder Murray A. Reicher, M.D., addresses the important benefits provided by certified EHR technology (CEHRT) including standardized communication, transparency of medical records, and the ability to provide better patient care.

Dr. Reicher wrote the article to encourage radiologists to adopt MU and implement a CEHRT. The article clears up several misconceptions about MU and shares thoughts on how the field of radiology is affected by the quick evolution and adoption of MU standards.

  • Radiology was NOT left out of meaningful use -- and in fact most radiologists qualify for bonuses. An estimated 90% of radiologists are eligible for incentive payments, according to the American College of Radiology. Radiologists will have to qualify before October 1, 2013 to earn a bonus of $39,000.
  • Leverage the patient engagement strategy. 2013 is known as the “Year of Patient Engagement” with many healthcare organizations including HIMSS emphasizing patient engagement and the importance of preventative care, early treatment and intervention. In radiology, the ability to send appointment reminders and deliver reports and lay letters to patients has been requested for years.
  • Contact a friend-radiologist who is successful in implementing the MU program. Learn about their experience and become a leader in this new era of healthcare information and patient engagement.

“Although it takes some effort and investment to comply with meaningful use, I believe it is a blessing in disguise for radiology practices,” said Dr. Reicher. “In fact, a CEHRT that meets meaningful use requirements will both improve healthcare and make practices more efficient. But this will be true only if providers choose their CEHRT carefully.”

About Murray A. Reicher, M.D., F.A.C.R.
A Board-certified diagnostic radiologist, Murray A. Reicher, M.D., F.A.C.R., is a Fellow of the American College of Radiology and co-founder and Chairman of DR Systems, Inc. His 30-year history of innovation in medical imaging includes development of early clinical applications of MRI and development of multiple, patented information systems-related inventions. Dr. Reicher is past CEO of Radiology Medical Group, Inc. and Imaging Healthcare Specialists of San Diego. He is currently Councilor for the California Radiological Society.

About DR Systems, Inc.
DR Systems is the leading independent provider of enterprise imaging and information management systems for integrated healthcare networks, hospitals, and diagnostic imaging centers. For more than 20 years, the company has helped over 600 hospitals and imaging centers lower their cost of operation by improving management of patient information, eliminating ancillary IT systems and interfaces, and increasing workflow speed, while also providing better clinical quality and patient care.
KLAS® has recognized DR Systems and its Unity™ PACS as the #1 ranked PACS vendor and product in its “2012 Best in KLAS Awards: Software & Services” report. The company received the #1 overall PACS vendor ranking in 2001, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011 as well as 2012.

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