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Electronic Health Record Adoption In US Hospitals: Study Finds Progress Continues, But Challenges Persist

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According to a new study, published in Health Affairs, 75 percent of US hospitals had adopted at least a basic EHR system in 2014, up from 59 percent in 2013; however, small and rural hospitals still lagged behind. Achieving nationwide adoption of electronic health records (EHRs) remains an important policy priority. While EHR adoption has increased steadily since 2010, it is unclear how providers that have not yet adopted will fare now that federal incentives have converted to penalties. Using 2008–14 national data, which includes the most recently available, to examine hospital EHR trends, the authors found large gains in adoption, with 75 percent of US hospitals now having adopted at least a basic EHR system—up from 59 percent in 2013. However, small and rural hospitals continue to lag behind.

Read more: http://content.healthaffairs.org/content/early/2015/11/06/hlthaff.2015.0992

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