Today, nearly all U.S. hospitals and about 80 percent of office practices use electronic health records (EHRs). A majority of providers can now share health information, while 87 percent of patients say they have access to their EHRs. What’s more, a review of 500 studies found 84 percent of them concluded that HIT improved care quality, safety, and efficiency. In a New England Journal of Medicine “Perspective,” four former ONC heads, including Commonwealth Fund President David Blumenthal, M.D., describe the progress made and identify areas that require additional effort and resources.
- CMWF: http://www.commonwealthfund.org/publications/in-brief/2017/sep/hitech-era-and-path-forward
- The HITECH Era and the Path Forward. The New England Journal of Medicine. September 7, 2017