Health IT Use Progressing in Massachusetts but Difficulties Remain
MeHI The Massachusetts eHealth Institute a division of the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (MassTech), commissioned a study to provide comprehensive information on use, needs and attitudes towards health IT among Massachusetts healthcare providers and consumers, and to identify key drivers for eHealth adoption. Aspects of the survey show that although Massachusetts is well underway in making healthcare data digital, more needs to be done to ensure all providers fully implement interoperable EHR systems that connect to the Mass HIway.
Some of the study findings for instance indicate that whilst 96 percent of primary care providers have adopted EHR technology and 30 percent are transmitting patient information electronically, only 5 percent of Behavioral Health and LTPAC organizations have adopted EHRs, evidencing the fact that deployment of EHR systems has been considerably slower among Behavioral Health and LTPAC providers such as skilled nursing facilities (SNFs). The study looks to improvements being made and furthering progress in the state as communication between systems remains somewhat limited due to the many providers who are currently using EHRs not yet regularly sharing information digitally via HIEs on a practice-to-practice or practice-to-patient basis. Executive Summary, purpose and scope, highlights, implications, next steps and more… The 2014 MeHI Provider and Consumer Health IT Research Study can be downloaded here