One more hospital subsidizing the cost for physicians to go with electronic medical records. In the related reading below, there’s a a little more additional information on the hows and whys this happening, mainly because physicians don’t have the funds today to purchase the software on their own. One group who has already been on line will be helping the new groups who add Centricity to their offices. BD
Stevens Hospital in Edmonds, Wash., will subsidize the adoption of electronic health records software to four physician practices the Seattle region. The 217-bed hospital is taking advantage of the relaxed provisions of the Stark Act. The hospital will offer the Centricity EMR software of GE Healthcare, Waukesha, Wis. Puget Sound Family Physicians, a four-site, 44-physician group practice, has used the software for two years. Working with the hospital, Puget Sound Family Physicians will advise the other physician offices on best practices for deploying the records software, such as clinical content and workflows.