Large senior living facilities adopting EHRs faster than other long-term, post-acute care facilities

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Large nonprofit senior living organizations are implementing more sophisticated EHRs at a faster rate than other long-term and post-acute care providers, according to findings from two recent surveys.

Washington, D.C.-based LeadingAge Center for Aging Services Technologies, a research and resource center focused on improving the aging experience through technology, and Chicago-based Ziegler, an underwriter of nonprofit senior living tax-exempt municipal bond financings, collaborated to administer its annual LeadingAge Ziegler 150 survey, which ranks and analyzes the nation's largest 150 nonprofit senior living providers.

The survey, released at the end of 2016, found 80 percent of its 150 respondents had adopted EHRs, up 5 percent over the past two years. A follow-up survey asked respondents who indicated they had an EHR to classify the technology's functions, based on CAST's 7-stage EHR adoption model.

Thirty percent of senior living respondents classified EHRs in the top two tiers, compared to only 23 percent of long-term and post-acute care providers. Twenty percent of long-term and post-acute care providers reported EHRs in the two least-sophisticated stages of adoption, compared to 4 percent of senior living organizations.

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