Large and urban hospitals and hospital systems are more likely than other facilities to plan on meeting meaningful-use standards early to receive incentive payments for their use of electronic health-record systems, according to survey data presented by Dr. David Blumenthal, head of HHS' Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, at a news briefing in Washington on Thursday.
The survey on EHR use, partially funded by the government, was conducted by the American Hospital Association. Another EHR survey discussed at the briefing—this one conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics—identified primary-care physicians as the clinicians most likely to plan early adoption of an EHR system.
"This latest survey reveals that primary-care physicians have broken out of the pack," Blumenthal said.
Ultimately, most physicians "in the prime of their practice" and hospitals are likely to participate in the EHR program, Blumenthal said.
Stephen Lieber, president and CEO of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, said he expects "close to 100%" of hospitals will end up participating in the program.
"Especially with the penalty phases that kick in down the line, I don't see how any hospital can afford not to participate," Lieber said.
About 8,300 hospitals and physicians—no further breakdowns are available—have registered with the program through the CMS since registration opened Jan. 3, according to a CMS spokesman.