Eighty-one percent of hospitals and 41 percent of office-based physicians responding to two surveys last year intend to achieve meaningful use of electronic health records and receive incentive payments, according to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.

Two-thirds of responding hospitals and 80 percent of physicians expecting to achieve meaningful use plan to do so during Stage 1 in 2011-2012. That means one-third of all surveyed physicians expect to be meaningful users during Stage 1.

ONC commissioned the surveys, which were embedded in regular annual surveys from the American Hospital Association and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics.

The AHA survey was conducted from May through September 2010; the NCHS survey was done from April through July. That means many surveyed hospitals and physicians had not seen final Stage 1 meaningful use criteria that was released in July--but still were planning to become compliant.

--Joseph Goedert


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