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Health Affairs Reports Electronic Health Record Progress

Health Affairs Reports Electronic Health Record (EHR) Progress

July 12, 2013

Newly published research in the journal Health Affairs reports that U.S. providers are making significant progress in adopting electronic health record (EHR) technology, with the number of hospitals using EHR nearly tripling since 2010.

In 2012, 44 percent of hospitals report EHR use while physicians are close behind at 38 percent. The distribution of federal funding to facilitate EHR adoption began in 2010.

The study authors include researchers with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Mathematica Policy Research and the Harvard School of Public Health. They note that growing EHR use will promote "safer, high-quality care."

The research also found a 10-fold increase in the number of providers using health IT tools in accordance with the federal "meaningful use" program. This effort is designed to use EHR to exchange health information and to submit measures of clinical quality.

All Medicare providers will be required to comply with meaningful use standards by 2015 or face penalties.