Only 6% of radiologists are "very familiar" with the meaningful-use requirements of the federal electronic health-record system incentive payment program, according to a survey by KLAS Enterprises in collaboration with the Radiological Society of North America. Furthermore, less than one-third (28%) are planning to qualify for incentive payments under the program, and 27% said they are merely "considering it."
'Meaningful use' doesn't mean much to radiologists: survey
The country's 30,000 radiologists were an afterthought to federal policymakers designing the first stage of the EHR incentive payment program, said Dr. Keith Dreyer, vice chairman of radiology at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, and co-chairman of the informatics committee of the American College of Radiology. Stage 1 of the program, for physicians and other eligible professionals, focuses attention on primary-care providers, and the meaningful-use criteria developed are ill-fitting for most radiology practices, Dreyer said during a presentation Monday at the RSNA's annual convention in Chicago. The KLAS/RSNA survey was completed in August and involved about 200 radiologists.
"Over 90%, we estimate, are eligible for this program, but it wasn't designed for them," Dreyer said. "Even though we practice in hospitals, the far majority of us practice as eligible professionals."
Results of the survey will be forwarded to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology in the hope the results will help guide federal policymakers in the design of Stage 2 criteria, Dr. Sarah Donaldson, chairwoman of the RSNA board, said in a letter accompanying a survey summary that was distributed at the convention.
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