Role of Insurance Companies in EMR

Posted on September 8, 2009 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of and John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

I get quite a few emails on this blog from various people. Lots are asking questions. Others rip something I said. Others say thanks for writing. In fact, that connection is one of the best reasons to blog. Well, someone asked the following question and I thought I’d open it up for people on this blog to comment about what they’ve seen, heard, experienced, or think should be done by insurance companies to promote EMR. Here’s the question:

Is there any role for insurance companies in this whole EMR area? Afterall, if quality of care can be increases and costs reduced, how can insurance companies encourage or help pay for EMRs?