Docs Adopting Electronic Records

Docs Adopting Electronic Records

Monday, December 17, 2012

More and more doctors are using electronic health records (EHR) and other computerized tools to deliver care, according to a new HHS report.

  • The percentage of physicians using some type of EHR has increased from 48 percent in 2009 to 72 percent in 2012; 40 percent are using more advanced EHRs. 
  • The percentage of physicians e-prescribing has more than doubled--from 33 percent in 2009 to 73 percent in 2012.
  • Half or more of doctors had the ability to meet each of the 12 meaningful use core objectives. (Meaningful use of certified EHR technology provides incentive payments for doctors under the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Program, as authorized by the HITECH Act.)

These findings are from Physician Adoption of Electronic Health Record Technology to Meet Meaningful Use Objectives, a data brief from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC). Read a summary of this report in a December 12, 2012 HHS News Release.

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