New York City pays doctors to use EMRs

New York City is launching a $60 million campaign to encourage primary care physicians to ditch their pens and pads of paper for electronic medical records, reports The New York Times. About 1,000 doctors have signed up to take part in this program throughout the last year.

 

Doctors will be paid more to keep patients health and connected to other physicians’ offices, providing the opportunity to compare rates and access to more patient information. The electronic system costs $24,000 to implement, including subsidization from the city. Click here for the story.

(SOURCE: HCPro Patient Safety Monitor, http://hcpro.com, January 7, 2009; The New York Times, http://nytimes.com, accessed January 7, 2009)