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Internal Medicine & Family Practice — Most Frequently Attested Specialties in 2011

A data set released January 13, 2012, by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology provides some insightful information on the CMS Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Program in terms of Electronic Health Record systems that were used for attestation in 2011. The data can be analyzed by state, provider type, provider specialty, and practice setting.

Analysis of the data by specialty for complete EHRs in ambulatory settings revealed General Practice/Family Practice and Internal Medicine to be the most frequently attested specialties with 25% (4,812) and 21% (4,052) of attestations respectively. (Exclusions for the purpose of this analysis: Optometry, Podiatry, Dentistry and Chiropractic.)

Click to Enlarge - CMS Medicare Medicaid Attestation Data Jan 2012

Of the 52 specialties for which attestations were submitted, medical specialties made up 78% of attestations and surgical specialties 22% of attestations.

The next most frequent specialty attestations were Cardiology 1,398 (7%) and Obstetrics/Gynecology 942 (5%).

Modern Healthcare (January 13, 2012) published a complementary analysis of the same data set, but focused on the EHR products for which eligible professionals had submitted attestations. According to Modern Healthcare, “EPIC (EpicCare Ambulatory) EHR was the choice for 6,045 physicians and other eligible professionals, with a 28% market share, with eClinicalWorks, 1,847 (9%); Allscripts, 1,449 (7%); Athenahealth, 1,158 (5%); and Community Computer Service (MEDENT), 999 (5%) rounding out the Top 5.”

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