EHR adoption rates vary drastically by state

The number of physicians reporting the use of electronic health record systems rose to 57 percent in 2011, up from 17 percent in 2002, according to a recent report issued by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. However, adoption rates differed substantially among different states. For instance, the states with the highest percentage of physician adoptees were Minnesota (60.9 percent), Wisconsin (59.9 percent) and North Dakota (57.9 percent); while the states with the lowest rates were Louisiana (15.9 percent), New Jersey (16.3 percent) and South Carolina (19.5 percent). More than half of the physicians surveyed (52 percent) intended to apply for Meaningful Use incentive money, but only 10.5 percent of those reported also having the ability to meet the incentive program requirements. Report (.pdf)

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