The HITECH Act (Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act) mandates Meaningful Use of electronic medical records.

There are plenty of lists of the best electronic health record (EHR) / electronic medical records (EMR) software. In a prior article “Electronic Health Record Software: What’s The Best One For Your Practice?”  we’ve compiled the results from several studies.

Meaningful Use
Electronic health record study and survey results are always inconsistent and inconclusive. Not surprising. All of the 300+ certified electronic medical records systems have the capability for you to meet meaningful use.

 

What does “meeting Meaningful Use” mean?

Meaningful use is demonstrated when practice physicians use their electronic medical records software to accomplish 20 of 25 meaningful use criteria stipulated by the HITECH Act. And demonstrating meaningful use qualifies health care providers for the electronic health record / EHR incentive program.

Meaningful use is the key to getting money from the government. And meaningful use is critical if you want to avoid Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) reimbursement penalties.

Which EMR software has the best Meaningful Use track record?

There are lots of EMR vendors to choose from. But one survey says the electronic medical records software vendors with the most hospitals and physicians attesting to meaningful use in 2011 are:

The vendor breakdown presented interesting data with Epic representing almost 28% of attestations in 2011. A large gap in market share is apparent with the next closest vendor, eClinicalWorks, capturing 8% of attestations. Some surprises include Cerner in the 10th spot with approximately 2%. Vendor data becomes very dispersed outside the top 10 reinforcing the range of certified EHR providers currently serving the health care market.

Vendor Ranking # of Attestations
Epic Systems Corporation

6330

eClinicalWorks LLC

1847

Allscripts

1502

athenahealth, Inc

1158

Community Computer Service, Inc.

999

GE Healthcare

921

NextGen Healthcare

899

e-MDs, Inc.

770

Greenway Medical Technologies, Inc.

712

Cerner Corporation

567

Source: Meaningful Use Top 10 – iHT2 Special Report

Which physicians are getting Meaningful Use EHR incentive payments?

The Regional Extension Centers (RECs), funded by HITECH Act grants, assist primary care physicians. So it’s not surprising that family practice and internal medicine are the medical practices with the most attestations.

Two specialties led the list by, family practice and internal with 20% and 18% of attestations respectively. The closest specialty to the top two was cardiovascular with 6% followed by podiatry with almost 5%. Outside the top four attestation specialties the number and range of specialties widens significantly.

Specialty Ranking # of Attestations
Family Practice

4742

Internal

4146

Cardiovascular

1432

Podiatry

1124

OBGYN

955

Gastroenterology

872

Orthopedic

676

Urology

628

Optometry

614

General

606

Source: Meaningful Use Top 10 – iHT2 Special Report

Are Electronic Medical Records for you?

The role of technology in everyday life is increasing. It is a trend that will continue. Whether you accept Medicare or Medicaid or not, you will need to implement electronic health record technology for your practice or be left behind.

The statistics show that a primary care physicians as well as medical specialists are attesting to meaningful use criteria in significant numbers. So, yes, electronic medical records are for you and good for your medical practice.

Successful Meaningful Use Attestation!

There are 300 to 400 certified electronic health record technology solutions. So there is not one best EHR / EMR software solution that works for everyone. Physicians have successfully used a variety of electronic medical records to attest meaningful use and to qualify for the HITECH Act EHR incentive program.

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