Hos­pi­tals’ use of EHRS dou­bled from 2009 to 2011

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The per­cent­age of hos­pi­tals that use elec­tronic health-record sys­tems more than dou­bled from 2009 to 2011, ac­cord­ing to the re­sults of a new Amer­i­can Hospi­tal As­so­ci­a­tion sur­vey that HHS Sec­re­tary Kath­leen Se­be­lius touted at an event in Kansas City, Mo. More than onethird of hos­pi­tals (35%) had adopted EHRS as of 2011 ver­sus 16% that had done so in 2009, ac­cord­ing to the sur­vey. In ad­di­tion, about 2,000 hos­pi­tals and more than 41,000 physi­cians have re­ceived a share of $3.1 bil­lion in in­cen­tives for their mean­ing­ful use of EHR sys­tems, ac­cord­ing to an HHS news re­lease is­sued in con­junc­tion with Se­be­lius’ visit to Met­ro­pol­i­tan Com­mu­nity Col­lege-penn Val­ley Health Sci­ence In­sti­tute. “Health­care pro­fes­sion­als and hos­pi­tals are tak­ing ad­van­tage of this un­prece­dented op­por­tu­nity to be­gin us­ing smarter, new tech­nol­ogy that im­proves care and cre­ates the jobs we need for an econ­omy built to last,” Se­be­lius said in the re­lease. Also ac­cord­ing to the sur­vey re­sults—which the AHA shared with HHS and that HHS of­fi­cially re­ported—85% of hos­pi­tals plan to ap­ply for health IT in­cen­tives by 2015. The CMS also re­ported that the U.S. has dis­trib­uted $3.1 bil­lion in in­cen­tive pay­ments to doc­tors, hos­pi­tals and other health­care providers that have demon­strated the mean­ing­ful use of EHRS.

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