(DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING) -- CMS’s recently proposed regulations on “meaningful use” and electronic health record (EHR) certification present both opportunities and challenges for the radiology market. The good news is that proposed regulations now recognize and support the use of computerized radiology order entry and acknowledge the availability of computerized decision support tools, which will make our industry much more efficient and transparent. The not-so-good news is that despite the growing importance of medical imaging in diagnosing and treating the nation’s most critical health issues—cancer and heart disease—specialty EHRs, such as those in radiology information systems (RIS), are still not recognized.
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