Rising EHR Adoption in U.S. per CDC Report

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released a report from the National Center for Health Statistics. This is part of the National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (NAMCS) done annually. Since 2008, a supplemental mail-in survey on EHR/EMR adoption has been conducted. Last year (2010), the size of this additional survey was significantly expanded in order to get more detailed information. The methodology and background of the survey is explained on the site and the PDF report.

Here’s a graph from the report that tells the story pretty clearly (click on the image to enlarge it):

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What is even more interesting — and probably not unexpected — is the variability across the United States with regard to adoption of EHR systems. Below is a graph from the report that compares states to the national average of “any” EHR adoption. There is a similar graph which pertains to “basic” systems.

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Estimates for 2010 (preliminary) are summarized as follows:

“Preliminary 2010 estimates from the mail survey showed that the percentage of physicians using all or partial EMR/EHR systems by state ranged from 38.1% to 80.2%. The percentage of physicians having systems that met the criteria of a basic system by state ranged from 12.5% to 51.5%. Excluding 27 states with unreliable estimates, the percentage of physicians having systems that met the criteria of a fully functional system across the United States ranged from 9.7% to 27.2%.”

Since these data represent adoption rates prior to the actual distribution of EHR incentive payments and meaningful use, what are your predictions for 2011 and 2012 regarding EHR adoption? Before you make your estimate, note that Government Health IT reported that since CMS opened registration on January 3rd, 4,000 healthcare providers have signed up for the EHR incentive program.

Predictions for 2011? 2012?

This post is the personal opinion of the author and does not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the American College of Physicians (ACP). ACP does not endorse a specific EHR brand or product and ACP makes no representations, warranties, or assurances as to the accuracy or completeness of the information provided herein.

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