Surveys Show Significant Proportions of Hospitals and Doctors Already Plan to Adopt Electronic Health Records and Qualify for Federal Incentive Payments

January 25, 2011
Four-fifths of the nation’s hospitals, and 41 percent of office-based physicians, currently intend to take advantage of federal incentive payments for adoption and meaningful use of certified electronic health records (EHR) technology, according to survey data released today by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC).  The survey information was released as the registration period opened for the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs.

David Blumenthal, M.D., M.P.P., the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, said the survey numbers represent a reversal of the low interest in EHR adoption in previous years.  He credited leadership from the medical community and the federal government for the improved prospects for adoption and use of health information technology (health IT).

To view the survey results from NCHS and AHA, please visit follow these links to CDC and AHA Data Information about the incentive payments program is available on the CMS Web site.

Assistance Available to WV Providers

January 25, 2011

The West Virginia Regional Health Information Technology Extension Center (WVRHITEC) offers assistance to West Virginia physicians seeking to adopt and meaningfully use health information technology.  For more information, visit the WVRHITEC site.

Web Site Educates West Virginians about HIT

July 24, 2009

An online resource is available to help West Virginians understand electronic health records as many physicians and other health care providers switch over to them from traditional paper records. The eHealthWV effort, which is funded by a federal grant to educate consumers about electronic health records, is now providing a variety of information about them at

“The switchover to electronic health records among health care providers is still in its early stages in West Virginia, but we expect the pace to pick up in the next few years,” Patty Ruddick, project director of the West Virginia Health Information Security and Privacy Collaboration, said. “Our hope is to let West Virginians know how advantageous electronic health records and health information exchange systems are.”

Health Information Toolkit Available

July 13, 2009

West Virginia has been involved in a federal initiative to encourage participation in electronic health exchange by providing information about privacy and security to health care providers.

The Health Information Security and Privacy Collaboration Provider Education Toolkit, provides educational resources for health care providers interested in understanding electronic health information exchange and security and privacy best practices.

The Web-based tool, found at offers physician to physician advice, resource links, and answers to frequently asked questions from national health care subject-matter experts. Health care providers can also earn free continuing medical education credits while learning more about electronic health information exchange, electronic health record systems, and related privacy and security benefits and challenges.

The Provider Education Toolkit is the result of the work completed by the Health Information Security and Privacy Collaboration, a multi-year project launched in 2006 by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.


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