Friday, February 18, 2011

81% of Hospitals Plan to Achieve Meaningful Use of Electronic Health Records (EHR)

81% of hospitals plan to achieve meaningful use of electronic health records (EHR) over the next 10 years. This allows them to take advantage of $27 billion in incentive payments according to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC).

65% of hospitals say that they adopt EHR in 2011 and 2012 in order to enroll in Stage 1 of the government's incentive programs. An additional 16% of hospitals plan to adopt EHR between 2012 and 2010.

A significant challenge in achieving Meaningful Use is the strict patient data privacy requirements. Hospitals will need to demonstrate they can effectively detect inappropriate accesss to patient data ("snooping").
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32.4%of office-based physicians plan to adopt EHR in 2011 and 2012 in order to enroll in Stage 1 of the government's incentive programs. An additional 8.6% plan to adopt EHR between 2012 and 2010. In total 41% of office-based physicians plan to achieve meaningful use of EHR over the next 10 years.

29.6% of primary care physicians have already adopted a basic EHR, up 50% from 2008's 19.8% adoption rate. While basic EHRs provide a point-of-entry for physician offices, most would need to further upgrade their EHR systems -- or their use of the systems -- to qualify for meaningful use incentive payments.
"I believe we are seeing the tide turn toward widespread and accelerating adoption and use of health IT." - David Blumenthal, national coordinator for health IT
Sources:
(a) 81% Of Hospitals To Seek EHR Incentives - InformationWeek, January, 2011

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