Early results from the National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (NACMS) done every year by the CDC project that more than 50% of office based physicians have some form of EMR or EHR according to recent publication by the National Center for Health Statistics. Three states have better than 75% penetration according to the data:
- Minnesota at 80.2%
- Massachussets at 77.3% (I live here)
- Wisconsin at 75.4%
- Kentucky at 38.1%
- Lousiana at 39.1%
- Florida at 39.4% (I used to live here)
The report goes on to say that more than 10% of providers on average have a fully functional EHR (as defined by a 2008 RWJ report). The NAMCS definition of a fully functional EHR differs significantly from what would qualify an elligible provider for Meaningful Use, but are pretty close. A table included in the report shows some of the differences, and you can also download the survey instrument (see question 18).
As a final caveat, this report is based on preliminary survey returns. Even so, its a good way to end the year.
P.S. I'll have to reread the RWJ report. It needs to be added to my history of meaningful use with regard to defining a fully functional EHR.