List of 80 Mind Blowing EMR and Meaningful Use Statistics & Trends as as the first installment of our 4 part Mind Blowing HIT Stats and Facts series
HIT trends are developing at a rapid rate. Are you keeping up with the pace? We at HIT Consultant know it’s hard to get beyond the basics regarding the latest in HIT. Therefore, we decided to dig a little deeper into the stats and facts surrounding a number of these so-called transformative trends.
After months of research and gathering multiple resources, we have compiled the latest facts and figures regarding a number of HIT related topics into an informative 4 part series we like to call Mind Blowing HIT Stats and Trends series.
Topics to be explored include everything from the effects of social media use to basic facts concerning healthcare reform. First up, we take a look at some revealing statistics regarding EMRs/EHRs and Meaningful Use.
Are EMRs/EHRs truly effective in enhancing the quality of care? What about the potential impact of medical billing software? Are such technologies being implemented to fulfill such promise or even their full potential? Read the facts below and decide for yourself.
After all, the devil is often in the details, or in this case, the data.
1. In 2011, 55% of physicians had adopted an electronic health record (EHR) system.
2. About three-quarters of physicians who have adopted an EHR system reported that their system meets federal “meaningful use” criteria.
3. Eighty-five percent of physicians who have adopted an EHR system reported being somewhat (47%) or very (38%) satisfied with their system.
4. About three-quarters of adopters reported that using their EHR system resulted in enhanced patient care.
5. Nearly one-half of physicians currently without an EHR system plan to purchase or use one already purchased within the next year.
- 75% of patients are willing to go online to view their medical records
- 76% are willing to view test results
- Only 41% of physicians have EMR systems capable of giving patients timely access to patient’s medical records
- 62% of patients want to correspond online with their primary physician about their health, but only 46% of physicians have EMR systems capable of communicating patient-specific information to help patients make decisions about their health
- 65% of patients want appointment reminders via e-mail, but only 44% of physicians have EMR systems that provide guideline-based follow-up or screening reminders.
- Roughly 40% cited financial problems as their practice’s biggest hurdle, whereas another 40% listed EHR implementation itself
- 46% said they fear the higher costs and overhead associated with EHR systems, and 15% are worried about decreases in practice productivity.
Source: Out of the 100 primary care physicians recently polled about electronic health record (EHR) systems by Hello Health
- $150M in venture capital has been poured into the EMR/EHR market in the last 18 months
Source: Mercom Capital Group
14. 28% of hospitals are scanning all patient records
15. 72% of hospitals are utilizing full time employees for scanning patient records
16. 36% of hospitals expect to hold on to their paper records
17. 48% expect of healthcare providers expect to use paper and electronic records for patient care for the next 1-3 years
18. Medicare and Medicaid electronic health record payments are approaching $7 billion since its inception
19. $6.9 billion paid out to 143,800 physicians and hospitals in total program estimates through the end of August 2012.
Source: EHR Incentive Payments
20. In 2011, 55% of physicians had adopted an electronic health record (EHR) system.
21. About three-quarters of adopters reported that using their EHR system resulted in enhanced patient care.
22. Nearly one-half of physicians currently without an EHR system plan to purchase or use one already purchased within the next year. 5-8 Sources-http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db98.pdf
23. Nearly two-thirds of physicians say they use some sort of electronic record to manage clinical information, reflecting the most general use of EHRs as opposed to stricter definitions. Use is highest among large practices and in the Midwest.
24. Solo practitioners are particularly unlikely to be using EHRs or to have plans to implement them. Also, older physicians are less likely to be pushing for adoption of HIT.
Source: Deloitte Healthcare
25. More than six of 10 physicians state that EHR has not improved diagnosis accuracy or treatment planning.
26. Survey of 21,202 physicians from 25 specialties found that fully 82 percent are using an electronic health records systems or are in the process of installing one.
27. More than a fourth, 26 percent, reported decreased productivity and more than one half (54 percent) were not happy with their EHRs
28. Only 23 percent said that EHRs made them more efficient
29. 6 percent reported that their systems enabled them to earn more money.
Source: Fierce EMR
30. Lack of incentives, vendor selections challenges, and privacy concerns, and cost and burden of implementation have been identified as some of the biggest barriers to EHR adoption.
Source: Deloitte Healthcare
31. 91% of Physicians Are Interested in Mobile EHRs
Source: Beckers Orthopedic and Spine
32. Physicians who used EHRs scored significantly higher on care quality measures for diabetes, breast cancer, chlamydia and colorectal cancer.
33. The three most replaced Ambulatory EMR vendors are Allscripts, GE, and McKesson—primarily due to complaints about sinking support or lagging product development.
34. Vendors winning most attention from wary second-time buyers were eClinicalWorks, Epic, and Greenway.
35. In 2012, 60% of surveyed doctors said they believe that the patient care benefits outweigh the costs of adopting an electronic health record system, while
36. 40% said they do not believe that the benefits outweigh the costs, according to a report by EHR provider athenahealth and online physician community Sermo.
37. In 2011, 68% of surveyed doctors said they believe that the patient care benefits outweigh the costs of EHR adoption, while
38. 32% said they do not believe that the benefits outweigh the costs.
Budget for EHR Deployment
A recent poll based on a survey of more than 220 hospital and health system administrators conducted as part of a May KPMG webcast found that:
39. 48% are somewhat comfortable with their organization’s EHR budget
40. 9% said they are not at all comfortable with their institution’s EHR budget
41. 18%of survey respondents said they were unsure.
Paper vs EHR
42. Primary care physicians only spend 30-40 hours in direct patient care because of heavy paperwork and admin duties
43. Nurses using EHRs have seen reductions in documentation time by up to 45%
44. Each patient visit requires approximately 10-13 pieces of paper
45. Large percentage of physicians see 50-99 patients a week
46. So each physician accumulates around 975 new pages of paperwork each week
47. 1000s of tons of paper are consumed by the healthcare industry each year causing storage and environmental harm
48. Outpatient facilities that adopt and use an EHR over 15 years could have net savings of $142 billion
49. Inpatient settings that adopt and use EHR over the same time period experience net savings of $371 billion
50. Epic and Cerner are the first and second place for EMR market share in healthcare providers over 200 beds
51. Allscripts, McKesson, and Meditech, and Siemens have all lost market share in larger hospitals as organizations steer toward higher levels of integration and clinical functionality
52. Top 5 EMR vendors by number of users are:
- Care 360
Source: 20 Most Popular EMR Solutions
53. 82% of physician e-prescribers used EHR software in 2011 and 18% used standalone systems.
Healthcare executives aren’t happy with their organizations’ efforts to determine return on investment (ROI) of electronic health records systems and say the process should have started earlier, according to a new report from Beacon Partners.
54. 40% of healthcare leaders said that they use performance measures to evaluate the ROI of their EHR system
55. 36% said that they were satisfied with the degree to which their organization uses performance measures to evaluate the ROI of their EHR system
56. 32% said that their organization started using performance measures after EHR implementation for at least one patient care area.
57. 51% of healthcare leaders said that their organization should have implemented performance measures sooner to evaluate the ROI for their EHR system
Source: Beacons Partners
Use of Clinician Feedback
58. 78% of healthcare leaders said that they collect feedback from physicians and nurses to gauge EHR satisfaction. Of those respondents:
59. 60% of healthcare leaders said that they use clinician feedback to help plan enhancements and improvements to EHR systems
60. 55% of healthcare leaders said that they use clinician feedback to determine EHR training or support needs
Source: Beacons Partners
61. EMRs have the most difficulty meeting the specialties needs of Internal Medicine and Family Medicine
62. $5.7 billion in meaningful use incentives were paid to care providers participating in either Medicare or Medicaid programs
63. Family practice is the leading specialty participating in Medicare Meaningful Use in 2011
64. The Northeast leads the nation in Meaningful Use Attestations in 2011 with 31%
65. Top Meaningful Use Hurdles to overcome are:
66. Cerner, MEDITECH, Epic, and Allscripts are the clear market leaders in Meaningful Use Attestations
67. Epic Systems leads in the top 10 Eligible Professionals Attesting by Ambulatory Vendor
68. More than 55,000 physicians earned bonuses for meaningful use of EHRs in 2011 or 2012.
- Medicare paid more than $1 billion in meaningful use bonuses to eligible professionals since the program started.
- Federal government estimates it will pay out around $20 billion in incentives before the program shifts to a penalty in 2015
Source: Gov’t Health IT
- About three-quarters of physicians who have adopted an EHR system reported that their system meets federal “meaningful use” criteria.
- As of July 2012, nearly 1 out of every 5 Medicare eligible provider, or about 18 percent are meaningful users of EHRs
- As of July 2012, 1 out of every 4 Medicare and Medicaid eligible providers has made a financial commitment to an EHR
- 55 percent of eligible hospitals have received an EHR incentive payment for meaningful use.
Source: Gov’t Health IT
- 1 in 4 physicians consider themselves “on target” to meet Meaningful Use
Source: Deloitte Healthcare
76. About $7.7 billion in incentive payments had been distributed as of September 2012, . That includes:
- $4.8 billion in incentive payments to eligible hospitals;
- $1.4 billion in Medicare incentive payments to eligible health care professionals; and
- $1.2 billion in Medicaid incentive payments to eligible professionals
77. CMS officials estimated that nearly 50% of eligible professionals and
78. Nearly 81% of eligible hospitals had registered for the meaningful use program as of September 2012
Update on Menu Objectives
79. According to CMS officials, the most common menu objectives selected by eligible health care professionals during the meaningful use attestation process are those related to:
- Drug formularies
- Immunization registries
- Patient lists
80. The most common menu objectives selected by eligible hospitals are those related to:
- Advance directives
- Clinical laboratory results
- Drug formularies
It was surprising to us at HIT Consultant to learn just how far EMR/EHR and Meaningful Use adoption has yet to go in terms of proving its effectiveness. While adherence to taking on such technologies appears to be high, enthusiasm regarding its impact seems to be anything but. It’s hard to believe that implementing such technology has left so many so disappointed and despondent. Efficiency in EMR/EHR implementation and operation seems to be lacking, too.
What statistic shocked you the most? Comment and share your insights with us.
Next week, we’ll take a look at digital health.