EHR Incentive Program established in HITECH
Included in the HITECH Act signed by President Barack Obama Feb. 17, 2009, was the Electronic Health Records Incentive Program, which sought to promote the meaningful use (MU) of health information technology by providing monetary support to providers. As of October 2012, 164,593 eligible providers and hospitals have both attested to MU and received EHR incentive payments. Healthcare IT News analyzed data of more than 120,000 of these to find the top 10 EHR vendors helping providers attest to MU requirements. The top 10 vendors listed account for some 62 percent of all successful MU incentive payments out of the more than 470 vendors used.