Federal meaningful use incentive payments continue to be a strong driver of physician adoption of electronic health records, according to a new survey by Sage Healthcare Division and Forrester Research, Healthcare IT News reports.
Under the 2009 economic stimulus package, health care providers who demonstrate meaningful use of certified EHR systems can qualify for Medicaid and Medicare incentive payments.
For the survey, researchers polled U.S. physicians who use EHRs, as well as those in the market for EHR products.
The survey found that 64% of all physicians consider meaningful use one of the strongest drivers to implement EHRs.
Among physicians who use EHRs, the survey found that:
- 80% said they have reached their business goals of lowering costs and improving patient service;
- 74% said the technology has helped them improve staff efficiency;
- 64% said they measure the success of the technology through reporting and tracking health care outcomes; and
- 56% said error reduction is the most tangible benefit of EHRs.
Among physicians who do not use EHRs, the survey found that:
- 74% said they would measure EHR success through increased revenue; and
- 32% said insufficient capital is the main barrier to EHR adoption (Merrill, Healthcare IT News, 8/8).