52% of hospitals do not use patient info outside their EHR: survey

More than half of hospitals did not use patient information from outside their EHR in the first quarter of 2020 because their systems' workflows did not support data from external providers, according to a recent Black Book report.

For its Hospital EHR User Survey, Black Book asked more than 2,800 hospital EHR users their opinions on their current EHRs, whether they intend to renew their contracts and the likelihood of purchasing additional products and services such as population health tools and health information exchange.

Three survey insights:

1. Eighty-eight percent of hospital network physicians said they expect their core health system EHRs to support interoperability among integrated healthcare delivery products for initiatives including population health, precision medicine and value-based payment models.

2. Thirty percent of medical record administrators said they struggle with exchanging patient health records with other providers, particularly physicians who do not use the same EHR system.

3. In the fourth quarter of 2019, 57 percent of hospital network physician practices that use multiple EHRs said they continue to lack the financial and technical expertise to implement complex interoperability solutions.

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