Hospitals increasingly are purchasing physician practices in certain markets to better coordinate the continuum of care. Others have decided not to buy, but to use electronic health records to improve relationships with community physicians.

"As physicians become more dependent on the technology and interoperate, they become more reliant on the hospital," says Daniel Marino, vice president at Health Directions LLC, a Chicago-based consultancy.

Marino will co-present ways hospitals are using EHRs to tighten the bond with physicians, and ways the physicians can engage their staff to accept the technology, and best practices for a on-time and on-budget project, during an educational session at the Healthcare Financial Management Association Annual National Institute, June 20-23 in Las Vegas.

James Valek, M.D., a primary care physician at Vista Family Medicine in Chicago, will discuss how a local hospital supported his practice's EHR implementation. He'll also talk about the pains the practice when through and how the EHR has strengthened its relationship with the hospital.

The session, "Engaging Staff in EMR Implementation," is scheduled for June 22. More information is available at hfma.org.

--Joseph Goedert

 

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