The 2009 Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act authorized incentive payments through Medicare and Medicaid to increase physician adoption of electronic health record (EHR) systems. Eligible Medicare and Medicaid physicians may receive incentive payments over 5 years if they demonstrate 15 Stage 1 Core Set objectives and 5 of 10 Menu Set objectives, using certified EHR systems. This report describes trends in adoption of electronic medical record/electronic health record (EMR/EHR) systems through 2011 and provides baseline information on physician readiness to meet eight Stage 1 Core “meaningful use” objectives in 2010 (see “Definitions” section for an overview of meaningful use objectives). Data are reported from 2010 and 2011 mail surveys of physicians in the National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (NAMCS) and in earlier years of the survey.
Hsiao C-J, Hing E, Socey TC, Cai B. Electronic Health Record Systems and Intent to Apply for Meaningful Use Incentives Among Office-based Physician Practices: United States, 2001–2011. NCHS Data Brief [Internet]. 2011 Nov;79. Available from: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db79.htm