Kellogg School of Management
Institutional Affiliation: Northwestern University
NBER Working Papers and Publications
|October 2014||Investment Subsidies and the Adoption of Electronic Medical Records in Hospitals|
with , , : w20553
In February 2009 the U.S. Congress unexpectedly passed the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH). HITECH provides up to $27 billion to promote adoption and appropriate use of Electronic Medical Records (EMR) by hospitals. We measure the extent to which HITECH incentive payments spurred EMR adoption by independent hospitals. Adoption rates for all independent hospitals grew from 48 percent in 2008 to 77 percent by 2011. Absent HITECH incentives, we estimate that the adoption rate would have instead been 67 percent in 2011. When we consider that HITECH funds were available for all hospitals and not just marginal adopters, we estimate that the cost of generating an additional adoption was $48 million. We also estimate that in the absence of HITECH incenti...
Published: David Dranove & Craig Garthwaite & Bingyang Li & Christopher Ody, 2015. "Investment subsidies and the adoption of electronic medical records in hospitals," Journal of Health Economics, vol 44, pages 309-319.