Certified EHR adoption 'nearly universal' in acute care hospitals: 4 statistics from the ONC

The latest data on EHR adoption indicates nearly all non-federal acute care hospitals are using certified EHR technology. According to the National Coordinator for Health IT, 96 percent of hospitals had this technology as of 2015, which it deems as "nearly universal."

Here are three more statistics on EHR adoption.

1. The 2015 rates of certified EHR adoption are similar to those of 2014, indicating adoption of this technology has hit a plateau. However, basic EHR adoption, which refers to EHRs with a minimum use of 10 functionalities considered to be essential to an EHR system, increased from 75.5 percent in 2014 to 83.8 percent in 2015, an 11 percent increase.

2. Small, rural and critical access hospitals still have lower rates of EHR adoption than all hospitals. In 2015, 84 percent of all hospitals reported adopting at least a basic EHR, compared to 81 percent of small hospitals, 80 percent of rural hospitals and 80 percent of critical access hospitals.

3. Additionally, psychiatric and children's hospitals have significantly lower basic EHR adoption rates than general medicine hospitals, at 15 percent and 55 percent, respectively.  However, these adoption rates have increased: In 2008, just 7 percent of psychiatric hospitals and 10 percent of children's hospitals had adopted a basic EHR.

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