86% of long-term care admins don't electronically exchange health info with referring hospitals, survey finds

Eighty-six percent of long-term care administrators indicated they do not electronically exchange health information with referring hospitals, physicians or home health providers, according to a Black Book survey.

For the survey, Black Book asked 2,068 long-term and post-acute care providers — including nursing homes, short-term rehabilitation facilities and sub-acute facilities — about their use of health IT. In 2017, 91 percent of post-acute administrators reported they had no budgeted funds for technology acquisitions or improvements.

A minority of inpatient post-acute providers — 19 percent — indicated they had some technological capabilities for EHRs operational in the fourth quarter of 2017. During the same period last year, only 15 percent reported this capability.

Corporate chains and large nonprofit systems represented the post-acute facilities most likely to have adopted EHR capabilities. Thirty-four percent of these organizations had some technological capabilities for EHRs operational in the fourth quarter.

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