44% of Hospitals Had EHRs in 2012

Adoption of basic electronic health record systems in acute-care hospitals has more than tripled since 2009, as roughly 44.4 percent of hospitals had a basic EHR system in 2012 compared with 12.2 percent in 2009, according to new reports from the federal government.

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology released two briefs on the status of EHRs among acute-care hospitals in the United States. The first brief (pdf) covered overall hospital adoption of EHR systems, while the second brief (pdf) covered how hospitals were meeting meaningful use objectives.

As more hospitals scramble to adopt EHR systems, more are also meeting MU. In 2012, roughly 85 percent of hospitals that had EHRs had a certified EHR, as defined by the ONC to meet all or some of the hospital objectives of MU. This is an increase from 72 percent in 2011.

From 2008 to 2012, hospitals also made big strides in particular MU objectives with their EHR systems. Adoption of computerized physician order entry for medication has shown the most growth, as 72 percent of hospitals with EHRs in 2012 met this criterion compared with only 27 percent in 2008.

Hospitals in South Dakota, Rhode Island and Colorado are leading the way in EHR adoption, as 70.6 percent, 68.8 percent and 68.3 percent of hospitals in those states, respectively, have a basic EHR system. New Hampshire, New Mexico and Kansas had the lowest percent of hospitals with a basic EHR.

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