Health Information Management

Report: 1.5% of hospitals have EHRs

HIM-HIPAA Insider, March 30, 2009

The HITECH Act requires each patient to have an electronic health record (EHR) by 2014.

The country has a long way to go, according to a report, “Use of Electronic Health Records in U.S. Hospitals,” by the New England Journal of Medicine released March 25.

Based on responses to a survey of all hospitals in the American Hospital Association, researchers found that only 1.5% of U.S. hospitals have a comprehensive electronic-records system (i.e., present in all clinical units), and an additional 7.6% have a basic system (i.e., present in at least one clinical unit).

The HITECH Act includes $19 billion in incentives for adopting EHRs. And because of that, it also has tougher HIPAA privacy and security enforcement, penalties, and breach notification requirements.

Read the full report in the New England Journal of Medicine here.

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