In an address at the National Press Club this week Farzad Mostashari, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, reviewed the healthcare industry’s progress in digitizing health records. As mentioned in previous posts on this blog, physician adoption of EHRs continues to advance. Mostashari quoted a recent study by the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics which noted that adoption of at least some form of EHR system rose from 25% in 2010 to 72% in 2012. The study further found, not surprisingly, that physician practices of 11 or less, as well as physicians aged 65 and over, have been digitizing their records at a slower pace. HIT chief Mostashari predicts another big rush in EHR adoptions just prior to the October 2014 deadline for participation in the incentives program.
While Mostashari finds progress in EHR adoption heartening, he says there is still a long way to go as communication among EHR systems continues to pose a challenge.
For more see:
“More Doctors Adopt Electronic Health Records,” Kaiser Health News