Adoption of electronic health records (EHR) in US hospitals

By  |  April 13, 2009 | 

In this survey of all US hospital members of the American Hospital Association, researchers found that only 1.5% of hospitals had comprehensive EHRs, and only 7.6% had basic EHRs. CPOE was present in only 17%. Of the cited obstacles to EHRs, most were based on lack of resources and not physician resistance (abstract). We have a long way to go, and a tremendous resource deficit to overcome, before universal EHRs become a reality.

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  1. Jairy Hunter, MD, MBA, FHM April 22, 2009 at 9:24 pm - Reply

    I heard a news story today that suggested while most of the public believes that EHRs will most definitely enhance communication, reduce duplication of tests, and enhance efficiency/expedite care, they don’t believe it will reduce cost. In fact, most believe it will increase the cost of healthcare.

    I know in a prior practice, the promise that we would make back the cost of the electronic system by “eliminating” FTEs in the front office was countered by the need for those FTEs to scan existing records into digitized form (took about a year). We never truly eliminated the positions.

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Danielle Scheurer
Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.

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