New report highlights states leading US in medical informatics adoption

A new survey published by medical malpractice insurance agency the Doctors Company has revealed which states are leading the country in terms of clinical informatics implementation, reports Healthcare IT News.

The report polled more than 5,100 medical professionals across the country. The results reveal that Oregon is the leading state in the nation in terms of medical informatics usage, with 41 percent of physicians using an electronic health record solution.

Other states demonstrating significant levels of clinical informatics usage include Georgia at 39 percent adoption, Florida at 37 percent, Washington with 35 percent adoption and Virginia at 34 percent.

Additionally, the survey indicated that of the physicians currently using medical informatics technology in their practices, 30 percent have already adopted systems that are fully compliant with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) meaningful use federal financial incentive program.

Of the doctors who have yet to implement a medical informatics system, 14 percent said they plan to do so within the next three years. However, some physicians said programs such as the CMS’ meaningful use incentive had pressured them into committing to a decision sooner than they would have preferred ordinarily.

According to ModernHealthcare.com, the CMS has dispersed more than $653 million in incentives as part of the meaningful use initiative to date. As of August 2011, more than 2,000 hospitals had enrolled in the program.

Data from the CMS also indicates that, due to the higher eligibility threshold, only $264 million had been awarded to healthcare providers offering coverage through Medicare. Smaller physician practices represent just 3 percent of Medicare meaningful use enrollments, as eligible professionals cannot opt to demonstrate meaningful use criteria for both Medicare and Medicaid programs, unlike hospitals.

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