Small Providers Benefit from EHRs, Survey Shows

Greg Freeman, for HealthLeaders Media , March 22, 2011

In the survey of 154 peer-reviewed articles from 2007 to 2010, the article found that 92% of the studies reached conclusions that indicated overall positive effects with the use of health IT, he said.

HealthTexas primary care providers spent $10,325 per physician and took 134.3 hours to put the EHR into practice, according to Neil Fleming, MD, vice president for health care research at Baylor Health Center System, who also spoke at the briefing. For a five-member practice, EHR implementation cost $7,857 and 130 hours.

Another study concluded that more than four in five office-based physicians could qualify for the meaningful use incentives, said one of its authors, Brian Bruen, PhD, lead research scientist and lecturer at George Washington University’s School of Public Health and Health Services.

Blumenthal said that regional extension centers, which ONC established to assist primary providers with overcoming the technical hurdles to adopting EHRs, have signed up 50,000 providers nationwide. And almost 34,000 providers have registered with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to participate in the meaningful use incentive program to date.

CMS has already paid $34 million in incentives under the Medicaid program to 216 Medicaid providers in four states, Blumenthal said.

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1 comments on "Small Providers Benefit from EHRs, Survey Shows"

Eyedoc (3/25/2011 at 12:06 PM)
Blumenthal is an unabashed advocate for EHRs and had to search far and wide to find one or two positive statements from small practices. All studies show that the cost far exceeds the benefits, no patient care improvement results but productivity drops an average of 20%. Putative reimbursement will not cover the costs and is a target of budget cutters in the US Congress.




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