Majority of Mass. Health Groups Use an EHR System, Study Finds

July 18, 2014 in News

About 80% of all health care organizations in Massachusetts are using electronic health record systems, according to a new study from the Massachusetts eHealth Institute, Healthcare IT News reports (Monegain, Healthcare IT News, 7/17).

Details of Study

For the study, MeHI surveyed:

  • 507 practice managers;
  • 308 health care providers; and
  • 807 consumers.

Through the study, researchers aimed to identify:

  • Rates of health IT adoption in the state;
  • Accessibility of health information exchanges in the state;
  • Who in the state needs assistance with technology-related issues;
  • Patient engagement in the state; and
  • Consumers’ attitudes toward health IT (MeHI study, July 2014).

Study Findings

The study analyzed EHR adoption by practice type and found:

  • 96% of primary care providers use EHR systems;
  • 86% of specialists use EHR systems;
  • 79% of rehab and therapy practices use EHR systems;
  • 74% of home health practices use EHR systems;
  • 60% of dental practices use EHR systems; and
  • 55% of behavioral health hospitals use EHR systems (Healthcare IT News, 7/17).

Of the practices that did not yet use an EHR, 79% said they had plans to adopt an EHR system in the future and nearly all said they would do so in the next two years.

Further, the study found that 50% of surveyed patients reported communicating with their providers using a patient portal or online messaging, and 78% said they believe that EHRs will improve their care (Bresnick, EHR Intelligence, 7/18).

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