Health Information Management

Study: Hospitals far from having fully implemented EHRs

HIM-HIPAA Insider, June 30, 2009

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Healthcare systems nationwide continue to strive to adopt electronic health records (EHR), but too many hospitals and physician offices still lack implementation, design, and funding, according to a study in the March New England Journal of Medicine.

A study of American Hospital Association members, "Use of Electronic Health Records in U.S. Hospitals," found that only 1.5% of hospitals had a comprehensive EHR system and only 7.6% had even a basic EHR system.

"With so much emphasis on getting EHR systems put in place in the near future, we wanted to get a sense of where things stood now," says Ashish K. Jha, MD, MPH, the study’s lead author and associate professor of health policy and management at the Harvard University School of Public Health in Boston. "What we found was that the level of adoption was abysmally low."

Editor’s note: To read more about this study or to purchase a copy of this article for $10, visit the HCPro Web site. Subscribers to Health Information Compliance Insider can access this article in the June issue.



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