According to a recent report submitted to the Congress, an ever increasing amount of physicians are embracing (and agreeing to adopt) electronic health records (EHRs) into workplaces. Along with EHRs, physicians are also looking for newer, more sophisticated ways to interact and stay connected with their patients even when they are away from their workplaces.
Compared to only 48 percent in 2009, in 2012, more than 72 percent of physicians used electronic health records and the count seems to be growing rapidly. Physicians are going forward and demanding increased EHR functionality, with 80 percent having EHRs with computerized provider order entry for medication orders in 2012, compared to 65 percent in 2011, and 67 percent having EHRs with drug interaction checks, compared to 51 percent in 2011.
In April 2013, ONC stated that in U.S. over 291,000 healthcare professionals (which accounts to half of eligible professionals) and over 3,800 hospitals (representing roughly 80 percent of eligible hospitals) are using the Medicare and Medicaid Incentive program to receive payments. The EHR Incentive Program financially rewards hospitals for adopting electronic health records and incorporating meaningful use system into their workflow. As of June 2013, nearly $15 billion in EHR incentive payments has been made by CMS.
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