A new study finds a large gap between the intent of physicians to apply for electronic health records meaningful use incentive payments and the ability of their systems to be compliant.

The study, published in Health Affairs, analyzed data from the 2011 mail survey supplement to the annual National Ambulatory Medicare Care Survey. Researchers from the National Center for Health Statistics and the Institute of Medicine conducted the study. They found that 91 percent of 3,996 surveyed physicians were eligible for Medicare or Medicaid meaningful use programs and 51 percent intended to apply. But only 11 percent of those intending to apply had enough EHR capabilities to support up to two-thirds of Medicare’s Stage 1 core objectives.

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