HIMSS Analytics Sees Progress in Hospitals’ Advanced EHR Adoption

September 26, 2014 in News

After a period of stagnation in electronic health record adoption in 2013, hospitals in the first and second quarters of 2014 have taken steps to advance health IT efforts, according to the latest HIMSS Analytics data, EHR Intelligence reports (Bresnick, EHR Intelligence, 9/25).

HIMSS Analytics is the research arm of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society.


HIMSS Analytics uses an eight-stage EMR Adoption Model to track the progress of hospitals and health systems in implementing EHRs.

Although the top tier of the model is the seventh stage, hospitals generally can qualify for Stage 1 meaningful use incentives at the fourth stage of EMRAM.

Under the 2009 federal economic stimulus package, health care providers who demonstrate meaningful use of certified electronic health records can qualify for Medicaid and Medicare incentive payments (iHealthBeat, 10/17/13).

Details on Hospitals’ EHR Adoption Progress

The data show that the percentage of hospitals at:

  • Stage 0, or using a completely paper-based system, decreased from 5.6% the first quarter of 2014 to 4.9% in Q2 (EHR Intelligence, 9/25);
  • Stage 5 increased from 24.2% in Q1 to 27.5% in Q2;
  • Stage 6 rose from 13.3% in Q1 to 15% in Q2; and
  • Stage 7 rose slightly from 3.1% to 3.2% (HIMSS Analytics chart, 2014).
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