According to an article published yesterday in HealthLeaders Media, Farzad Mostashari, MD, the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, laid out a list of leading IT growth indicators at a recent National Health IT Summit in Washington DC:
- EHR adoption by primary care physicians. After 20 years the rate of adoption of electronic health records by primary care physicians was 20%. In 2009-2010 it was 30% and the rate of adoption might be 40% by the end of 2011 and at 50% within two years.
- EHR adoption by hospitals. A couple of years ago 10% of hospitals had a basic EHR system in place. Now surveys indicate that more than 86% of hospital CIOs intend to apply for meaningful use, with 60% expected to apply in the next couple of years.
- Providers registering for the meaning use program. Five thousand to 10,000 providers each month register for the meaningful use program.
- Providers registering for regional extension centers. Each month 6,000 small provider practices sign up for help at the extension c enters to learn how they can become meaningful users.
Where does your organization stand on planning and implementation for electronic health records? For meaningful use advisement, contact Harmony Healthcare IT.