RWJF Report Shows High Percentage of Health IT Usage

Date: July 11, 2013||   0  Comments

In three years, growth in health IT usage in the healthcare industry has skyrocketed according to Mathematica Policy Research and the Harvard School of Public Health. They’ve found in a recent study evidence of extensive evolution and implementation of IT among physician practices, academic medical centers, hospitals, etc.

The implementation of the HITECH Act, the distribution of federal stimulus funds and the benefits behind health IT and interoperability are forever changing the United States healthcare system. Here are some of the findings from the study:

Hospitals:
· 44 percent of hospitals reported having a basic electronic health record system in 2012- a growth of 17 percent from 2011
· 42 percent of hospitals reported the implementation of all functionalities required to meet Stage 1 meaningful use this past year – up from 18.4 percent in 2011 and just 4.4 percent in 2010
· 27 percent of hospitals are now participating in health information exchange initiatives – up from 14 percent in 2010

Physician practices:
· 38 percent of physician practices implemented the adoption of basic EHR functionalities in 2012

Ambulatory practices:
· 10 percent of ambulatory practices participate in an HIE – up from 3 percent in 2010

Shared data:
· 33 percent of HIEs supporting accountable care organizations and 45 percent supporting patient-centered medical homes

 

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