More Missouri Hospitals Using Electronic Health Records

Roughly 90 percent of Missouri hospitals currently have electronic health record capabilities, up from the 2009 figure of 84 percent, according to a Missouri Hospital Association survey.

The MHA survey also showed that, of the hospitals surveyed, 60 percent have a certified EHR system with the intention to seek federal meaningful use incentives during the next two years.

The survey also indicated hospital investment in other health information and EHR technology, as 77 percent of hospitals can view lab reports and 74 percent can view radiology reports through the EHR system.

"The tornado in Joplin emphasizes the importance and utility of EHRs," MHA President and CEO Herb Kuhn said in the release. "As it has been widely reported, the destruction of paper records did not hinder clinical care because patient data was electronic and accessible."

Read the release on Missouri hospital EHR systems.

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