More than 2,000 Georgia physicians collected $143 million in federal payments to help them switch to electronic medical records, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services announced Tuesday.
The payments were an inducement included in the federal health reform law. The goal is to reduce expenses borne by taxpayers in the Medicare and Medicaid programs for duplicate tests by facilitating the sharing of information between care providers.
“The Electronic Health Records Incentive Programs have really helped jump-start the use of electronic health records by health care providers all across the country,” said Dr. Farzad Mostashari, national coordinator for health information technology.
Nationally, more than $5.7 billion in payments under the program have gone to hospitals, doctors and nurses. Nearly half, 48 percent, of eligible hospitals have gotten money for implementing or upgrading computerized files.