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Senators: Rural Hospitals Hobbled by Digital Divide



Members of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee suggest that Farzad Mostashari, MD, the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, has little or no idea of the challenges rural healthcare providers face as they grapple with Meaningful Use requirements.



4 comments on "Senators: Rural Hospitals Hobbled by Digital Divide"
David Hold (7/19/2013 at 2:31 PM)

Senators are right on target I presume that the EMR vendors are very happy to listen to the good doctors comments. We are focusing on EMR which is important but not as important as preventive care. Most of these rural hospitals are barley breaking even or losing money to provide needed care and what we do add to their burden
KG (7/18/2013 at 11:15 AM)

I think there is increasing lack of civility and focus on issues/solutions in the senate hearings. What does Dr. Mostashari's bow tie have to do with a discussion on problems faced by rural providers? I would have much preferred the senators to focus on specifics and details of the problems faced by rural providers to back up their claims and discuss possible solutions.
Larry Rine (7/18/2013 at 10:23 AM)

I only have antidotal data, but from calling on these hospitals an EHR vendor for several years, there are very few rural hospitals in Kansas, Montana and other states that haven't made an EHR [INVALID]ion. It is important to note that the process from installation to attestation takes almost a year. Stage Two requirements are not that much more challenging than Stage One. The personal criticism of Dr. Mostashari, was classless.
Harvey Brownstein (7/17/2013 at 3:46 PM)

Are the Senators saying that rural hospitals don't know about EMR's and the problem is Easterners. There are tons of resources available to help when it comes to adoption of EMR. The problems is that the Senators who are complaining are the ones that wanted "free enterprise" to be an important catalyst for adoption and all it lead to was confusion and lack of in. Those issues were not created by Dr Mostashari. Instead of having the director have the government pay for transportation, lodging and food a teleconference should do.