CMS reports EHR progress continues

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On April 23rd The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a fact sheet including an update on Health Information Technology progress.

Economic Impact:

  • According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 50,000 health IT-related jobs have been created since the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act was enacted in 2009.
  • As of February 2013, the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs have paid $12.6 billion in incentives to hospitals, doctors, and other health care professionals.

Adoption of technology:

  • E-Prescribing: Office-based physicians’ use of e-prescribing has increased from 0.8 percent in December 2006 to 53 percent through January 2013, and more than 94 percent of all pharmacies are now actively e-prescribing.
  • Hospitals:  between 2008 and 2012, the number of hospitals using EHR systems with certain advanced functionalities that go beyond the requirements of Meaningful Use Stage 1 (including physician clinical notes and electronic imaging results) more than quadrupled from 9.4 percent to 44 percent.
  • Doctors: Physician adoption of EHR systems with the same advanced functionalities more than doubled between 2008 and 2012, from 17 percent to 40 percent.

These compelling data add credence to the claim that, “now is the time to invest in Digital Health education.”

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