30% of Surveyed Doctors Have Adopted EHRs That Meet MU Requirements

Thirty percent of surveyed health care providers said they have implemented an electronic health record system that meets the requirements of the meaningful use program, according to a recent survey by The Doctors Company, a medical malpractice insurer, FierceEMR reports (Hirsch, FierceEMR, 3/8).

Under the 2009 economic stimulus package, health care providers who demonstrate meaningful use of certified electronic health record systems can qualify for Medicaid and Medicare incentive payments.

Survey Details

For the survey, researchers sent questionnaires asking physicians about their views on EHR adoption and other health care issues.

The results are based on responses from 5,105 doctors in all 50 states.

Findings on EHR Adoption

The survey found that 30% of respondents said they already have adopted an EHR system that meets meaningful use criteria, while 14.3% said they plan to adopt an EHR system that meets meaningful use criteria within the next three years. Seventeen percent said they have no plans to adopt an EHR system.

The survey also found that:

  • 21.5% of respondents said they use a computer system for billing and scheduling, but it lacks key features of an EHR system; and
  • 8% said they only use a hospital-based EHR system (The Doctors Company report, 2/29).

Top States for EHR Adoption

Researchers also examined EHR adoption rates among surveyed physicians by state. They found that the top five states for EHR adoption are:

  • Oregon, with 41% of surveyed physicians having implemented an EHR system;
  • Georgia, with 39% having implemented an EHR system;
  • Florida, with 37% having implemented an EHR system;
  • Washington, with 35% having implemented an EHR system; and
  • Virginia, with 34% having implemented an EHR system (Manos, Healthcare IT News, 3/2).
Al Davis
>>Michael Milne - You're right; it's nonsense. The numbers direct from the CMS web page as of Jan 24 (the last update), covering all of 2011, are: Total MU attestations - 37705 Attestations by hospitals - 1528 (< 1/3 of all hosp.) Attestations by EPs - 36177 (roughly 4% of all EPs) There was a surge of attestations in December; it is doubtful that carried through into 2012. I've listed the CMS web site in the Web Site link box on this posting. According to CMS, roughly 2/3 of hospitals have registered to attest, and roughly 10% of EPs have registered. But registration is not the same as attestation; presumably they won't all do it. Year 1 of MU has ended with a pretty resounding thud. Read the Doctor's Company report - they report the statistics in a much more objective fashion.
Michael Milne
More statistical nonsense. While 30% may have implimented there is also huge uninstall numbers in the 50% range. Also the numbers who are actually collecting MU payments is, depending on who you believe, at best in the mid teens. This suggests that many simply can not use the EMR they have for meaningful use. It is one thing to have an EMR it is another to be able to use it.

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