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More patients and doctors are using health information technology to communicate data and reduce errors

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On July 17, CMS released new data that demonstrate that doctors and hospitals are using EHRs to provide more information securely to patients and are using that information to help manage their patients’ care, according to a CMS website release.

Approximately 80% of eligible hospitals and more than 50% of eligible professionals have adopted EHRs and received incentive payments from Medicare or Medicaid.

By meaningfully using EHRs, doctors and other healthcare providers prove they have been able to increase efficiency while safeguarding privacy and improving care for millions of patients nationwide, according to CMS.

Since the EHR Incentive Programs began in 2011:

  • More than 190 million electronic prescriptions have been sent by doctors, physician’s assistants and other healthcare providers using EHRs, reducing the chances of medication errors
  • Healthcare professionals sent 4.6 million patients an electronic copy of their health information from their EHRs
  • More than 13 million reminders about appointments, required tests, or check-ups were sent to patients using EHRs
  • Providers have checked drug and medication interactions to ensure patient safety more than 40 million times through the use of EHRs
  • Providers shared more than 4.3 million care summaries with other providers when patients moved between care settings resulting in better outcomes for their patients





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