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EHR Adoption Slow, Information Exchange Lagging
Health Leaders Media

Thousands of hospitals and physicians in small office practices will be left out of meaningful use incentive payments, and may eventually be financially penalized, unless they speed up adoption of electronic health records systems to satisfy meaningful use 2 requirements, analysis indicates.

The findings of two papers published Thursday in Health Affairs arebased on survey data showing how many providers have the essential system components required to obtain financial incentives and avoid penalties under the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act of 2009.

The first report of hospital EHR prevalence from 2008 to 2013 as reported by the American Hospital Association Annual Survey—IT Supplement, found that while adoption has risen steeply to 59%, small and rural hospitals “lag behind their better resourced counterparts.”