Below is one of the charts included in the ONC report giving an update on where the incentives and attesting stands today. It is broken down into several components but the one listed below gives the story in a short visual version.
It itemizes where physicians stand today and at the same time gives us a picture of where priorities and value lies. CPOE, computerized physician order entry is at the top and of course is the main component portion of any medical records system so it makes sense that this item listed at the top. In addition e-prescribing continues to be another valuable partner of an electronic medical records system instead of a separate identity as it had it’s original roots. Medical records and e-prescribing belong together.
What is at the bottom of the chart is perhaps one of the newer entities of medical records with clinical decision support modules as in the early days this did not exist but the numbers show that adoption in this area is growing. There’s a lot of discussion on electronic medical records but the chart shows the number of physicians adapting keep growing as well as the numbers of physicians attesting to earn incentives. You can view the full report here that includes additional charts and numbers.
Since the passage of the HITECH Act in 2009, physician adoption of EHR technology has increased substantially. In 2012, nearly three-quarters of office-based physicians (72%) had adopted any EHR system and 4 out of 10 physicians (40%) had adopted basic EHR systems with certain advanced capabilities (5). Trends in EHR adoption overall have been driven by significant increases in physician adoption of specific computerized capabilities to meet Meaningful Use objectives.
Since 2009, there has been strong and steady growth in physician adoption of EHR technology to meet Meaningful Use objectives to improve quality, safety and efficiency. Physicians’ capability to e-prescribe has more than doubled since 2009, and as of 2012, two-thirds of physicians had adopted computerized capabilities such as electronic medication lists (68%) and drug interaction checks (67%).