Longwoods Blog

Vol. 7 No. 19, September 15, 2010

Fact and Stats

Although the number of U.S. hospitals with either basic or comprehensive electronic health records increased by 3.2 percentage points in 2009, only 2% of those hospitals have EHRs that would meet the federal government’s “meaningful use” criteria, according to a study published in the journal Health Affairs.

Under the 2009 federal economic stimulus package, healthcare providers and hospitals that demonstrate meaningful use of certified EHRs will qualify for incentive payments through Medicaid and Medicare.

For the study, researchers lead by Ashish Jha, associate professor of health policy at the Harvard School of Public Health, analyzed data from the American Hospital Association’s Annual Survey Health IT Supplement.

According to Jha, cost is one of the biggest obstacles preventing hospitals from adopting EHRs. He added that implementing an EHR system could cost between $5 million and $10 million for small- to medium-sized hospitals, while large hospitals might need to pay about $100 million. Jha said that federal incentive payments might not be enough to encourage hospitals to adopt EHRs because of the strict meaningful use criteria and high implementation costs.

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Source: A Progress Report On Electronic Health Records in U.S. Hospitals

Date: August 26, 2010

Pre-Print From Electronichealthcare

Health PEI’s Vision: Completing the Island’s E-health Bridge to Healthcare Delivery Integration

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Around the World

Australia: Doctors Paid for Phantom E-health Standard

Romania: Implementation of the Platform for Integrating eGov Services in National Electronic System Starts

US: Statewide California Telehealth Network Launches

E-health in India: Advancing on All Levels

News from Canada

Access to Information and Privacy Commissioners Call for Open Government

MD Privacy vs. Patient Safety: CMPA Tackles a Contentious Issue

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Trends

IT Execs Release Guidebook on e-Health Records Implementation

DHS Plans EHR for Illegal Alien Detainees

Study: Federal Push on Electronic Records Could Increase Time Spent at the Hospital

Industry Speak

Athenahealth to Sell Standalone EHR

MidSouth eHealth Alliance Signs Contract for HIE Continuance with Informatics Corporation of America

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Infoway Update

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Worth Noting

HOBIC Symposium

ICT 2010: Digitally Driven

IT Healthcare Canada

International e-Health Conference

IFHRO 2010: Congress of International Federation of Health Records Organizations

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