Two-thirds of U.S. hospitals have made significant progress toward implementing comprehensive electronic health records, HIMSS Analytics contends. The assertion comes in reaction to a recent report in the New England Journal of Medicine that claimed only 1.5 percent of hospitals have a comprehensive EHR in place. Under the economic stimulus package, hospitals can gain financial incentives from Medicare and Medicaid if they have a comprehensive records system that encompasses clinical documentation, ancillary department information systems, order entry and decision support, among other functions. HIMSS Analytics, a research unit of the Chicago-based Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, claims its data demonstrates that  two-thirds of hospitals only need to add one or two applications to have a comprehensive EHR in place. The unit’s database includes information from 5,166 hospitals. More information is available at himssanalytics.org.

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