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Adoption of EHR Systems Among Community Hospitals: 2008-2013

Hospitals have made significant headway in the use of electronic health record systems, but further progress remains.  By 2013, 59% of community hospitals reported they had adopted at least a basic electronic health record system, a five-fold increase since 2008. Certified EHR technology was possessed [but not necessarily fully implemented] in 93% of hospitals.

These numbers come from the federal Office of the National Coordinator for Health Info.rmation Technology, based on an analysis of the American Hospital Association’s AHA Annual Survey Information Technology Supplement.

[The hospital-specific results from AHA’s 2013 IT supplement survey will be available soon for purchase as a Quick Report download at www.ahadataviewer.com. A description of the dataset is available at www.ahadataviewer.com/book-cd-products/EHR-Database/.For further details, call 866-375-3633 or email ahadatainfo@healthforum.com.]

Sources:

Charles D and others. Adoption of electronic health record systems among U.S. non-federal acute care hospitals: 2008-2013. ONC Data Bried [Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology], no. 16, May 2014. http://www.healthit.gov/sites/default/files/oncdatabrief16.pdf

Swain M and Galvez E. Health information exchange among U.S. hospitals continues to grow, but significant work remains. Health IT Buzz [Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology], May 5, 2014. http://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog/health-information-exchange-2/health-information-exchange-hospitals-continues-grow-significant-work-remains/

Posted by AHA Resource Center (312) 422-2050, rc@aha.org

Adopting Electronic Health Records – Experiences of Leading Hospitals

The experiences of nine hospitals that recently implemented a comprehensive EHR system were analyzed to determine the success factors they had in common and the improvements in patient safety and efficiency realized. The hospitals included in the study were: 

  1. Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital [Roanoke VA]
  2. Doctor’s Hospital [Columbus OH]
  3. Geisinger Wyoming Valley Hospital [Wilkes-Barre PA]
  4. Gunderson Lutheran Medical Center [La Crosse WI]
  5. Metro Health Hospital [Wyoming MI]
  6. New York-Presbyterian Hospital [New York NY]
  7. Sentara Norfolk General Hospital [Norfolk VA]
  8. VA Central Iowa Health Care System [Des Moines IA]
  9. Yale-New Haven Hospital [New Haven CT]

Successful implementation depended on:  

  • Strong leadership that is both forceful and realistic
  • Full involvement of clinical staff in design and implementation
  • Mandatory staff training
  • Strict adherence to timeline and budget

Specific implementation challenges faced by the hospitals and their solutions are discussed.           

Source: Silow-Carroll S and others. Using electronic health records to improve quality and efficiency: the experiences of leading hospitals. Commonwealth Fund, July 2012. http://www.commonwealthfund.org/~/media/Files/Publications/Issue%20Brief/2012/Jul/1608_SilowCarroll_using_EHRs_improve_quality.pdf

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