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Fun With Data – Interactive Dashboard On Meaningful Use Progress

Interested in how many Eligible Professionals have attested for Meaningful Use? By state? By Regional Extension Center? Want to see how much money has been spent for HITECH programs (e.g. Beacons, SHARPs…)? Well, the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) has posted an interactive map that allows the user to examine some interesting statistics. Users can look at maps showing ONC stats or Regional Extension Center (REC) stats. Be sure to go to “Map Options” and check/uncheck different boxes filter the data. Here are some stats from the REC map:

  • Approximately 140,000 providers are enrolled in the REC program
  • 74% “live” on EHR
  • 11% demonstrate Meaningful Use
  • 5 states have fewer than 43 EPs that have demonstrated Meaningful Use
  • 11 states have between 303–1,026 (Pennsylvania takes top honors)

Another source of information on the programs comes from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Two stats jump out from that source:

  • More than $2.3 billion in Medicare EHR Incentive Program payments have been made between May 2011 and the end of March 2012.
  • More than $2 billion in Medicaid EHR Incentive Program payments have been made between January 2011 (when the first set of states launched their programs) and the end of March 2012

This PDF map from CMS illustrates eligible professionals and hospitals registered (by state) in the EHR Incentive Programs.

CMS has also posted Public Use Files (PUFs) so that users can download and analyze data on the Core and Menu measures attested to by eligible professionals. This PDF explains the file and the CSV file can be downloaded here.

So… take a look. Have some fun. Share your observations here.


One response to "Fun With Data – Interactive Dashboard On Meaningful Use Progress"
  • May 10, 2012
    Alan Brookstone, MD

    Michael, what I find interesting when looking at the interactive map is the significant discrepancy between Meaningful Use and those that are “live” on an EHR. I would also anticipate that many of those who have demonstrated Meaningful Use were existing users of EHR systems who had already achieved a level of comfort using their system and only had to incrementally increase their use in order to successfully attest.

    Implementing an EHR is a complex and long-term process that takes time to achieve basic levels of competence before aspiring to more advanced functionality which is required for some of the MU measures. It will be very insightful to see how many eligible providers will successfully attest during 2012. For others, it may still be quite a steep learning curve.

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