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Impact of HITECH Act on Physicians’ Adoption of Electronic Health Records Finds Negligible Effect

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The electronic health records meaningful use program has had a negligible effect on physician adoption of EHRs, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, writes Health Data Management.

The adoption of any type of EHR system from 2001-2013 “may have increased by as much as 7 percentage points above the level predicted in the absence of MU subsidies,” research authors say, and they conclude that there is weak evidence of the impact of MU on adoption. However, the authors acknowledge that “this estimate lacks statistical significance and becomes smaller or negative under alternative model specifications.”  The study used 13 years of data from the National Ambulatory Medicare Care Survey (NAMCS) by the Centers for Disease Control and National Center for Health Statistics.

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