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Health IT Growth Indicators from the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology

Posted on Jun 28 2011

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.

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