75% of Hospitals Had a Basic EHR System in 2014, ONC Data Show
April 17, 2015 in News
The percentage of hospitals with electronic health record systems increased eightfold between 2008 and 2014, according a data brief from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, FierceHealthIT reports.
The report was based on an American Hospital Association survey of non-federal acute-care hospitals (Dvorak, FierceHealthIT, 4/16).
Overall, the data show 97% of hospitals in 2014 had certified EHR technology, an increase of 35% since 2011 (AHA News, 4/16).
Meanwhile, 75.5% of hospitals in 2014 had a basic EHR system, up from 59.4% in 2013 and 9.4% in 2008.
The report showed that in every state at least half of hospitals had adopted a basic EHR in 2014.
The states with the highest adoption rates of basic EHR systems included:
- Delaware, with 100% of hospitals;
- South Dakota, with 95.1% of hospitals; and
- Virginia, with 93.2% of hospitals.
Those with the lowest adoption rates included:
- West Virginia, with 49.6% of hospitals;
- Hawaii, with 54.8% of hospitals; and
- Kansas, with 60% of hospitals.
Meanwhile, 34.4% of hospitals in 2014 had adopted comprehensive EHR systems (ONC report, April 2015).
In a blog post, Matthew Swain — a program analyst in ONC’s Office of Planning, Evaluation and Analysis — and ONC Interoperability and Exchange Portfolio Manager Erica Galvez wrote that that about 60% of hospitals in 2014 exchanged data electronically, marking a 55% increase from 2013.
However, Swain and Galvez said, “While these survey results are promising, there is plenty of room for progress.” They added, “These results capture exchange activity among hospitals; however, these results do not assess exchange volume, whether the exchange is interoperable, and if information is available to providers at the point of care” (FierceHealthIT, 4/16).