Few hospitals have electronic medical records in all units

Accreditation Connection, March 27, 2009

Only approximately 1.5% of U.S. hospitals have a comprehensive electronic health record (EHR) system in all clinical units, the New England Journal of Medicine reports.

The survey, conducted between March and September 2008 in roughly 3,000 hospitals, found that up to 10.9% of hospitals have more basic EHR systems in at least one clinical unit. Hospitals responding to the survey cited cost requirements and maintenance costs as the main deterrents to implement EHR programs.

Larger, urban and teaching hospitals were most likely to have EHR systems.

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