The current state of electronic data exchange: 6 statistics to know

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The ability to share electronic data is becoming a key priority for hospitals and health systems, and 2014 was a record year in terms of data sharing: 76 percent of hospitals exchanged information with other hospitals or ambulatory care settings outside their network, according to ONC data.

Here are six more key statistics on electronic data exchange.

  1. From 2008 to 2014, health information exchange increased by 85 percent, from 41 percent to 76 percent.
  2. From 2013 to 2014 alone, electronic data exchange grew 23 percent, from 62 percent to 76 percent.
  3. The number of hospitals exchanging data electronically can also be broken down into states. In 2010, just 10 states exchanged at least 60 percent of data and other key clinical information with outside providers. In 2014, 47 states and the District of Columbia exchanged at least 60 percent.
  4. From 2013 to 2014, hospital electronic health information exchange increased from 40 percent to 62 percent.
  5. Sixty-nine percent of hospitals electronically exchanged health information with outside ambulatory providers in 2014, up from 36 percent in 2008 and 57 percent in 2013.
  6. In 2014, laboratory results were the most often exchanged with outside hospital and ambulatory providers (69 percent), followed by radiology reports (65 percent), clinical care summaries (64 percent) and medication histories (58 percent).

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