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

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 [1].

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: