Barriers to health information technology adoption by providers today center more around practice leadership than financial challenges, according to the head of HHS' Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.
Dr. Farzad Mostashari noted Wednesday that 83% of U.S. hospitals and about 62% of all eligible professionals have registered for the federal government's electronic health-record incentive payment program through November.
Addressing the National Transitions of Care Coalition, Mostashari said that of those, about 65% of hospitals and 31% of eligible professionals have received payment. To date, the federal government has paid about $9.2 billion in the EHR incentive program, up from about $8.4 billion reported in October, according to preliminary numbers from the CMS (PPT).
Now the big challenge for the program is less about financial concerns and more about how providers can make the federal EHR program effective.