Large and urban hospitals and hospital systems are most likely to plan on meeting meaningful-use standards early and seek federal incentive payments for their adoption and use of electronic health-record systems, according to new survey data.
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Dr. David Blumenthal, head of HHS' Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, presented the results at a briefing in Washington. The survey on hospitals' likely participation in the incentive programs was partially funded by the government and conducted by the American Hospital Association.
More than eight in 10 hospitals plan to achieve meaningful use, and 65% will enroll during the two-year Stage 1 of the programs, which for hospitals began
Oct. 1. HHS also reported that about a third of office-based physicians in a separate survey, conducted by the National Center for Health Statistics, indicated that they planned to enroll during Stage 1, which for them began Jan. 1. Only 41% of physicians indicated that they planned to apply at some point for EHR incentives, and 14% indicated they were not planning to apply at all.
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