75% of hospitals have at least a basic EHR & 4 other findings

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In 2013, 59 percent of U.S. hospitals had at least a basic EHR, but that percentage has rose significantly since then, according to a Health Affairs study.

Here are five findings from the study.

1. Now, 75 percent of hospitals have adopted at minimum a basic EHR.

2. Rural and small hospitals are chief amongst those organizations that have yet to adopt an EHR.

3. Among hospitals with EHRs, the ability to meet Stage 2 meaningful use requirements rose from 5.8 percent in 2013 to 40.5 percent of hospitals.

4. Key challenges most often reported by hospitals include:

•    Up-front and ongoing costs
•    Physician cooperation
•    Meaningful use

5. The study authors concluded nationwide EHR adoption is possible, but more attention will be needed to address lack of adoption in small and rural hospitals.

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