May 22—Approximately 80 percent of eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals and more than half of physician offices have received Medicare or Medicaid EHR Incentive Program payments for adopting, implementing, upgrading, or demonstrating meaningful use of electronic health records (EHRs).

According to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) survey in 2012, 9 percent of hospitals had adopted EHRs and 17 percent of physicians were using an advanced EHR system in 2008. The newer April 2013 data exceed the goal the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) had set to achieve by the end of 2013 regarding adoption of EHRs by eligible hospitals and physician offices.

Health IT systems give physicians, hospitals, and other providers the ability to better coordinate care and reduce errors and readmissions that can cost more money and leave patients less healthy, according to an HHS news release.

Publication Date: Wednesday, May 22, 2013