Thursday, July 19, 2012

Electronic Health Records Become Mainstream

From the article: "The survey was conducted by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention to determine how prominent the use of EHR systems has become since the induction of HITECH. EHR systems do not include patients’ billing information. Practices surveyed were asked to exclude the use of electronic billing when considering whether they used EHR systems or not. 
The survey found that a majority (64%) of physicians under 50 have been early adopters. The larger the practice, the more likely they were to use an EHR system — 86% of practices with eleven or more physicians reported using a system. Only about a third (29%) of solo practitioners have implemented one.
By implementing the use of EHR systems, many healthcare providers are eligible for Medicare and Medicaid incentive payments. Of those using this technology, approximately 77% of them are using systems that meet all HITECH’s requirements. As of June 30, 2012, more than 119,000 professionals and 3,400 hospitals have received incentive payments." Read more

See also
"Physician Adoption of Electronic Health Record Systems: United States, 2011."
NCHS Data Brief, Number 98, July 2012.