A data brief released by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) revealed the top reasons for EHR adoption. The need to share patient information with other providers and the use of financial incentives are the top reasons many providers adopt and use health information technology tools likes electronic health records (EHRs), according to the brief.
The data was collected during the 2013 National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey. The data details why physicians choose to adopt or choose to not adopt EHRs. In addition, the information explains how financial incentives drive EHR adoption and highlights the importance providers put on health information exchange.
The information gathered in the survey demonstrates the importance of incentive programs like the HITECH Act's Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs (Meaningful Use) and payments for services that include use of certified EHR technology. Additionally, the data brief announced a tool that can be used to help physicians estimate the amount of money they might receive from treating Medicare patients living with chronic conditions, while using their certified health information technology. This tool can be accessed here.
Finally, the data brief found that the ability to easily share information with other care givers is a major motivation for physicians to adopt EHRs. More than a third of physicians who adopted EHRs after HITECH was enacted citied this capability as a major influence in their decision to adopt EHR technology.
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