Electronic Health Record (EHR) has become the need of the hour for healthcare professionals who admit that it has made it easier for them to cope with the cumbersome task of managing health records. Studies reveal, 80% of all healthcare data remain unstructured, and this calls for hassle-free management with advanced tools like EHR for a free-flowing work process in healthcare organizations. Enlisted below are interesting statistics to prove the importance of EHR in the US.
- According to a survey released at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) in Washington, D.C, nearly all of the nation’s hospitals are now using certified EHRs.
- About 60% of EHR users have reported being “very satisfied” with the system while only 28% doesn’t feel the same.
- More than 83% healthcare professionals have admitted that EHR has helped them manage prescription order entry, patient records, clinical notes, medications, problem list, and view lab results.
- Overall EHR adoption rate in the US was 40% in 2012, and it has seen a significant increase of 67% in 2017.
- About 95% of hospitals eligible for the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Program have achieved meaningful use of certified health IT.
- Reportedly, primary care physicians are most likely to use EHR with 79% adoption rate of certified EHR.
- Medical practitioners in community centers have the record of 98% rate of EHR adoption with about three-quarters using certified EHR.
- The use of EHR functionalities has increased significantly from 2013 to present as it facilitates viewing, downloading, and transmitting health records online. It has risen from 10% in 2013 to more than 70% at present.
- Four out of five non-federal acute care hospitals have already adopted a basic EHR with clinician notes, and nearly all of them have access to certified EHR.
- More than 80% of small, rural and critical access hospitals have adopted a basic EHR with clinician notes.
- About eight out of ten of all REC-enrolled Priority Primary Care Providers (PPCPs) are reported to demonstrate meaningful use of certified EHR technology (CEHRT).
- More than 95% of REC-enrolled PPCPs have an EHR installed and are routinely using this technology.
- There has been a steep increase in the demand for EHR in the past four years. There are approximately 1100 vendors that offer EHR which is twice of what it was four years back.
- Office-based physician adoption of an EHR has nearly doubled from about 40% to 89% in the last few years.
- Medicine/pediatrics have an EHR adoption rate of 76%, nephrology and family practice 75%, and urology 74%.
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Sources: Capterra, Healthcare IT News, Health IT Dashboard, Practicefusion
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