Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Health IT Adoption Growing

The Robert Johnson Wood Foundation reports the rate of hospital electronic health record (EHR) adoption has tripled since 2010.

Among rural hospitals EHR adoption was 33.5% in 2012, a 257% increase from 2010; among urban hospitals adoption was 47.7% in 2012, a 180% increase from 2010.

The Foundation also reported that 42% of hospitals had all necessary EHR functions to meet Stage 1 of the meaningful use program, compared with 4.4% in 2010.

"...44% of hospitals used basic electronic health record systems in 2012, compared with 27% in 2011." - Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
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Sources:
(a) Several Studies Reveal Growing Adoption of Health IT in the U.S. - iHealthBeat.org, 07/09/2013

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