The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act provides substantial stimulus expenditures in the health care industry for the development and adoption of health information technology. The largest allocation of funding—about $17 billion—is for incentive payments through Medicare and Medicaid to encourage providers to implement electronic health records.1
However, a mid-2010 study by Health Affairs found that while the share of U.S. hospitals that have adopted either basic or comprehensive electronic health records rose modestly between 2008 and 2009, from 8.7 percent to 11.9 percent, only 2 percent of this country's hospitals reported having records that would meet the federal government's "meaningful use" criteria.
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1 "Stimulus package contains $19 billion for health care technology spending and adoption of electronic health records" by Chanley Howell, Wisconsin Technology Network, Feb. 19, 2009
This official web site provides up-to-date, detailed information about the Electronic Health Record (EHR) incentive programs. CMS - June 01, 2010
The Health Care Leader Action Guide on Implementation of Electronic Health Records provides a roadmap to help senior executives develop a strategy to use EHRs that advances the organization's ability to deliver care that is safer, more effective, and efficient. Health Research & Educational Trust - July 2010
This survey, released recently by CHIME, reports concerns by some hospital CIOs that IT staffing shortages adversely affect EHR and IT implementation projects. CHIME - October 07, 2010
The AHA has developed the following guidelines for EHR contracting. These guidelines address the most common issues for hospitals that license EHR software applications and/or obtain related products and services from a vendor. This is a AHA members-only resource. AHA - January 19, 2011