Meaningful Use tops reasons docs adopt EHRs

Meaningful Use (MU) incentive payments have been the top driver of physicians' transition to electronic health records (EHRs) over the past five years, according to a new data brief from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT. In particular, the results showed that 59 percent of physicians had adopted a "MU" EHR; another 22 percent had planned to adopt an EHR or adopted an "other" EHR. Sixty-two percent of physicians who had adopted an EHR said that the incentives were a "major" influence in their decision to do so. Of those physicians who had no plans to adopt an EHR, two-thirds (67 percent) cited lack of money, time and staff as their reasons to stick with paper records. Forty-three percent cited privacy and security concerns. >> Read the full story from FierceEMR