The adoption of electronic health record systems has increased "dramatically," more than doubling since 2012, according to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services' latest figures, released May 22. As of the end of April 2013, more than half of all eligible professionals, and 80 percent of eligible hospitals, have received incentive payments under the Medicare and Medicaid Meaningful Use programs. In 2008, just 17 percent of physician offices and 9 percent of hospitals were using EHRs.
HHS noted that with these figures, the agency has met or exceeded its goal of ensuring that 50 percent of physicians offices and 80 percent of hospitals have EHRs by the end of 2013, adding that a "tipping point" has been reached. Announcement