Medicaid patients in 36 states to have EHRs

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The U.S. Healthcare and Human Services (HHS) reported that nine states have already implemented electronic health record (EHR) systems for Medicaid patients and 27 other states are currently completing the process. In addition to those nine states, three more have undertaken other healthcare IT projects, such as e-prescribing, remote monitoring of diseases and personal health records for Medicaid recipients.

Based on a survey of state authorities, HHS issued a report concluding that states are progressing in the implementation of healthcare IT. In the report, the agency also continued to urge the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to keep working with the states in pursuit of the Bush administration’s goal of an EHR for every U.S. citizen by 2014. 

According to the inspector general of HHS, 13 states are incorporating CMS’ Medicaid information technology architecture into their healthcare IT development, which provides guidance on developing standards-based, interoperable information systems.

The report includes a state-by-state list of Medicaid health IT initiatives.