NJ-HITEC is the federally designated Regional Extension Center (REC) for New Jersey established by the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) through a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the National Coordinator. NJ-HITEC is one of 62 RECs throughout the country established through the Health Information Technology for Economic Clinical Health (HITECH) Act of 2009 to improve American health care delivery and patient care through investment in health information technology. NJ-HITEC is the primary care provider's trusted advisor in the timely delivery of high quality healthcare through the selection, implementation and achievement of Meaningful Use of an accredited Electronic Health Record system.
The Electronic Health Record Systems and Intent to Apply for Meaningful Use Incentives Among Office-based Physician Practices: United States, 2001–2011 report, published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - National Center for Health Statistics, describes trends in adoption of electronic medical record/electronic health record (EMR/EHR) systems through 2011 and provides baseline information on physician readiness to meet eight Stage 1 Core "meaningful use" objectives in 2010. Data are reported from 2010 and 2011 mail surveys of physicians in the National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (NAMCS) and in earlier years of the survey. Key findings from the NAMCS include:
- In 2011, 57% of office-based physicians used electronic medical record/electronic health record (EMR/EHR) systems, with use by state ranging from 40% in Louisiana to 84% in North Dakota.
- About one-third of physicians (34%) reported having a system that met the criteria for a basic system, ranging by state from 16% in New Jersey to 61% in Minnesota.
- In 2011, 52% of physicians reported intending to apply for meaningful use incentives, up from 41% in 2010.
- In 2010, 43% of physicians planning to apply for meaningful use incentives had computerized systems that would allow them to meet eight Stage 1 Core Set objectives, with percentages by state ranging from 26% in Texas to 70% in Wisconsin.