Q & A: Dr. Steven Waldren On What's At Risk With E-Health Records

It's time for doctors to move on EHRs or get left behind, says head of American Academy of Family Physicians health information group.

Dr. Steven Waldren is director of the Center of Health Information Technology at the American Academy of Family Physicians, a group that represents about 94,000 family physicians and medical students. He's closely following the government's effort to craft a definition of what constitutes the meaningful use of electronic health records and prepare to kick off the federal incentive program to get doctors using EHRs. He recently spoke to InformationWeek senior writer Marianne Kolbasuk McGee about the upcoming requirements, what's at stake if doctors don't adopt EHRs, and the challenges physicians face.