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 units database includes information from 5,166 hospitals. More information is available at himssanalytics.org.
This article can also be found at HealthDataManagement.com.
Register or login for access to this item and much more
All Information Management content is archived after seven days.
Community members receive:
- All recent and archived articles
- Conference offers and updates
- A full menu of enewsletter options
- Web seminars, white papers, ebooks
Already have an account? Log In
Don't have an account? Register for Free Unlimited Access