Ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) have been slow to adopt electronic health records (EHRs) compared to other healthcare providers. There are a number of reasons for this. One reason is that ASCs were never part of the EHR Incentive Program (also known as meaningful use or MU) that Medicare rolled out in 2011, so ASCs weren’t entitled to the federal payments that were available to other providers.
The ambulatory surgery center (ASC) industry has made a lot of progress toward embracing the digitization of healthcare. Most ASCs now use electronic practice management solutions. The industry is also slowly moving toward the adoption of electronic health records (EHRs). There is one significant area, however, in which the industry still lags behind its healthcare peers: cybersecurity.
Many ASCs lack awareness and understanding of the cybersecurity issues that can impact them.