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We Can’t Wait: Obama Administration takes new steps to encourage doctors and hospitals to use health information technology to lower costs, improve quality, create jobs

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, November 30, 2011

BEI Commentary: HHS Secretary Sebelius issued a press release detailing the progress of the incentive program to date.  EHR use by physician offices has doubled.  Primary care physician participation in the Incentive program is approximately 33% to date.  Over $1 billion of incentives have been paid out. Of significance is that Stage 2 adoption is being delayed from 2013 to 2014.  This give providers an additional year of meaningfully using an EHR in stage 1.

Today, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius released a report showing that doctors’ adoption of health information technology (IT) doubled in two years.  HHS also announced new actions to speed the use of health IT in doctors’ offices and hospitals nationwide, which will improve health care and create jobs nationwide.

While protecting confidential personal information, health IT can improve access to care, help coordinate treatments, measure outcomes and reduce costs.  The new administrative actions announced today, which were made possible by the HITECH Act, will make it easier for doctors and other health care professionals to receive incentive payments for adopting and meaningfully using health IT. Read More

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