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Massachusetts Studies Reveal Importance of Incentives in Healthcare Technology Adoption
Date:3/17/2009

State Leads the Way in Healthcare IT, Showcases Best Practices for Hospitals Nationwide

FALLS CHURCH, Va., March 17 /PRNewswire/ -- The success of Massachusetts hospitals and physicians to incorporate information technology (IT) into healthcare demonstrates the importance of incentives, according to two studies conducted by CSC (NYSE: CSC) and sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (BCBSMA).

The studies, "Adoption of Advanced Clinical Systems in Massachusetts Hospitals" and "Adoption of Electronic Health Record Capabilities in Massachusetts Physician Practices," examine the progress Massachusetts hospitals and physician practices have made in implementing advanced clinical IT systems. Analysis includes areas where the state leads the nation and next steps toward improving patient care through electronic access to information.

According to the reports, adoption of computerized physician order entry (CPOE) among hospitals in Massachusetts is nearly double the national average, and the use of e-prescribing is the highest in the nation. In addition, more than one-third of ambulatory physicians are using at least basic electronic health record (EHR) capabilities, a rate more than two times the national average. The studies show these statistics are the direct result of incentives. These include incentives from health plans, a campaign by the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative to educate hospitals on the value of new technologies and a state-mandated deadline to have CPOE implementation in all hospitals within four years.

Some health plans wrote CPOE implementation incentives into hospital contracts; others provided free e-prescribing software to physicians and offered incentives to encourage continued usage. Partners Community Healthcare Inc., a network of 1,000 primary care pro
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