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Health Reward Stat of the Day – Jan 7

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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation annual report on HIT in the US shows continued rising adoption of EHRs by healthcare providers:

  • Hospital adoption of EHR. Adoption quadrupled in 2013 to 58.9% over 2010 when incentives were implemented. 63.8% of eligible hospitals received meaningful use EHR incentives, up from 45.4 percent in 2011.

Changes in Hospital Adoption of Basic and Comprehensive EHRs, 2008–2013

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  • Physician adoption and use of EHR. Adoption of a Basic EHR reached 48.1% in 2013. 41% percent of eligible physician providers received incentive payments in 2012, nearly twice the rate of 2011 (21%).

Office-Based Physicians’ Adoption of EHR Systems, by Capability, 2009–2013

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The 2014 annual report was produced by a team of researchers at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Mathematical Policy Research, Harvard School of Public Health, and the University of Michigan and tracks the progress of adoption of EHRs and its impacts. It’s a good summary of the domain with the latest adoption and use statistics. The key finding is the lag in health information exchange among providers and between providers and patients. Smaller hospitals are also lagging as a segment and may be due to less suitable products.

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