Hospital adoption of EHRs climbs, but challenges remain

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At least 44% of non-federal acute care hospitals had adopted at least a basic electronic health record system by 2012, up from 28% in 2011 and 9% in 2008, according to a report released today by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. According to a second ONC report, adoption rates for each of the 14 Stage 1 core objectives for meaningful EHR use ranged from 72% to 94%. The findings are based on data from the information technology supplement to the AHA Annual Survey. “Today’s data prove unequivocally that the nation’s hospitals are hard at work adopting electronic health records,” said Linda Fishman, AHA senior vice president of public policy analysis and development. “However, we must recognize that implementation challenges remain for small and rural hospitals, which have made progress and should not be penalized for not being further along.…Priority needs to be on thoughtful adoption rather than expanded requirements which only create more obstacles, as laid out in Stage 2 and 3 of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Meaningful Use program.”

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