Adoption of Electronic Health Records Grows Rapidly, But Fewer Than Half of US Hospitals had at Least a Basic System in 2012
AbstractThis article measured current hospital use of electronic health record (EHR) systems using data from the 2012 health IT supplement to the American Hospital Associationâ€™s annual survey. According to the data, 44 percent of hospitals report having at least a basic EHR system, a 17 percent increase from 2011 and a near-tripling of the 2010 adoption rate. Also, large urban hospitals continued to outpace rural and nonteaching hospitals. Although 42.2 percent of all hospitals met all the stage 1 meaningful-use criteria, only 5.1 percent had advanced to stage 2. While considerable progress has been made, findings suggest a need for a focus on hospitals still trailing behind, notably small and rural institutions. This focus is especially important as stage 2 meaningful-use criteria become the rule, and positive incentives are replaced by penalties for noncompliance.
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Electronic Health Records; EHRs; Health Information Technology; HIT;
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