ELECTRONIC MEDICAL RECORD USAGE RISES TO 40%

December 6, 2012

Nearly 4 in 10 office-based physicians are now using an electronic health-record system with a basic level of functions, according to the latest estimates from an annual federal survey, up from about 1 in 3 a year ago.

A basic system was defined as an EHR that could be used for all of the following: record a patient history, patient demographics, problem lists, clinical notes, medications and allergies; write prescriptions; and view lab and imaging results.

Of physicians surveyed, 2 in 3 indicated that they either intended to--or already had applied for--either the Medicare or Medicaid incentives under the EHR incentive payment program.

For more information, please contact Joel M. Greenberg, Esq. at (516) 492-3390, or visit The HLP Website.