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HIMSS Analytics stats show meaningful use program is working

The research wing of the Health Information Management Systems Society, HIMSS Analytics, released new stats that show the EHR incentive program is doing what it set out to do — increase adoption of EHR systems among U.S. physicians. This is good news amid a host of internal and external criticisms of the federal government’s meaningful use program, set into motion by the 2009 HITECH law.

HIMSS Analytics’ Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (EMRAM) scale attempts to catalog the robustness of a hospital’s EHR adoption program. The higher the number, the more complex and well-integrated the EHR implementation plan. Over the last five quarters, the number of U.S. acute care hospitals moving from lower ranks to 5 and 6 on the 7-stage scale has increased 80%, while those achieving the highest stage increased by 63%.

Conversely, the numbers of hospitals achieving stages 0 through 3 have decreased.

Interestingly, nothing’s shaking in Canada as far as EHR adoption goes. Few hospitals are moving up the EMRAM scale, HIMSS reports, pointing out that they are enduring the same economic recession U.S. hospitals are, without an EHR incentive program to drive adoption.

For more information, visit the HIMSS Analytics page.

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