The American College of Physicians (ACP) is warning that aggressive timeline combined with overly ambitious objectives may unnecessarily limit the success of the entire Meaningful Use EHR Incentive Program. It recommends that requirements become less prescriptive to allow eligible professionals of all specialties to be creative in applying the technology to the unique characteristics of their practice, specialty, and patient population. Why is it doing this? Many reasons (and it is about time, by the way) but here is one example:
ACP urges a focus on activities that have a true measurable outcome on quality, safety and value of care, rather than a system that creates an unnecessary administrative burden that does not directly impact real practice improvement.
Here is a little secret. To define “a true measurable outcome on quality, safety and value of care” would be a impossible. That is why the system can never work.