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Children’s, psychiatric hospitals EHRs lag behind


Though hospital adoption of EHR technology keeps growing, there’s a gap in how much that’s happened depending on the type of hospital. Still, the news is good according to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC). Basic EHR technology in hospitals grew from 75.5% in 2014 to 83.8% last year. Basic EHRs include functionalities, such as viewing imaging results, which are not included in certified EHRs, according to an ONC data brief. Hospital adoption of EHRs with more advanced functionality is increasing while adoption of EHRs with less advanced functionality is declining.

Percent of non-federal acute care hospitals with adoption of at least a basic EHR system by hospital specialty

Source: Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, Data Brief 35, May 2016

Children’s and psychiatric hospitals have much lower rates of basic EHR adoption. “This is not altogether surprising as only 69% of children’s hospitals successfully attested to Stage 1 of the CMS Medicaid EHR Incentive Program and psychiatric hospitals are not eligible for the CMS Medicaid or Medicare EHR Incentive Program,” the study states.

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