EHR adoption: Way better than HHS expectations!

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The Department of Health and Human Services has announced that it has gone beyond their goal of having 50% of doctors and 80% of eligible hospitals using electronic health record systems (EHRs) by the end of 2013.

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said during an interview on May 22 that, as of the end of April, more than half of doctors and other eligible professionals and more than 80% of eligible hospitals have received Medicare or Medicaid incentive payments for the meaningful use of EHRs (For more on MU, see http://bit.ly/18JvJc4 ).

“We have reached a tipping point in adoption of electronic health records,” said Secretary Sebelius.

HHS data show that EHR adoption among physicians has increased from 50,000 in January 2012 to about 300,000 in April 2013.

Eligible hospitals showed an increase from fewer than 2,000 to almost 4,000 during the same time period.

Here is a link to the original press release: http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2013pres/05/20130522a.html

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