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Ohio leads the nation in the number of physicians signed up for assistance with electronic health records (EHRs) in 2010
The Ohio Health Information Partnership (OHIP) has announced that over 2,000 physicians have signed contracts with OHIP and its seven regional partners between September and December 2010. Ohio joins a national push to improve the health care system so doctors, hospitals, healthcare facilities, pharmacies and other entities can electronically and securely share patient information. Utilizing stimulus monies from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 of $28.3 million, Ohio’s goal is to reach 6,000 physicians and other healthcare professionals in 2011. Statistics compiled by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, show Ohio has reached one-third of its targeted goal.
A signed contract with OHIP means doctors will get free assistance from regional partners to prepare for and select an EHR vendor, lower pricing for software from preferred vendors, and access to low-interest loans from four banks. In addition, physicians and other eligible professionals can receive Medicare and Medicaid financial incentives over the next several years, with top amounts at $44,000 per physician for Medicare and $63,750 for Medicaid. The earlier physicians sign up, the higher the incentive they receive.
For more information on OHIP and its’ regional partners go to www.ohiponline.org
OHIP is funded through the Office of the National Coordinator, U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services, grant numbers 90RC0012 and