The National Center on Health Statistics (NCHS) issued a new report showing that in 2012, 72 percent of office based physicians used Electronic Health Records (EHR) systems. This is a 24 percent increase from the 2009 study, in which only 48 percent had used electronic health records. Massachusetts ranked the highest among EHR use, with 89 percent, while New Jersey ranked lowest with only 54 percent.
Compared with the national average (72 percent), the percentage of physicians using any EHR system was lowest in Connecticut, Illinois, Louisiana and New Jersey, according to the report, and higher in Arizona, Delaware, Hawaii, Iowa, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah and Wisconsin.
Some 40 percent of office-based physicians reported having a system that met the criteria for a basic EHR system, up from 22 percent in 2009. The percentage of physicians with these systems ranged from 22 percent in the District of Columbia to 71 percent in Wisconsin, according to the report.
In 2012, 66 percent of office-based physicians reported that they planned to apply, or had already had applied, for meaningful use incentives, NCHS found. The Medicare deadline for eligible professionals looking to get the maximum incentive of $44,000 over five years for EHR meaningful is December 31, 2012. For the Medicaid incentive, physicians need to check with their States for their specific attestation deadlines to receive up to $63,750 over the six years they choose to participate in the program. For more information on the Medicare and Medicaid EHR incentive programs visit the official website at CMS.gov
The study can be found here.