EHR Adoption in Ambulatory Settings Uneven Across US

Adoption rates for electronic health records at ambulatory healthcare sites vary significantly across different regions of the United States, according to a study in Health Services Research.

Researchers extrapolated the average adoption rates for ambulatory centers in local areas from targeted site studies and examined the association between EHR adoption and community characteristics, including population and average income.

Results showed that EHR adoption varied greatly across the country, from 8 percent to 88 percent, with a median of 41 percent. EHR adoption was lowest in large metropolitan areas, areas with a high concentration of minority residents in the northeast and west and Midwestern communities with low-income populations.

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