According to a new data brief issued by the Office for the National Coordinator of Health IT (ONC), adoption of electronic health record (EHR) systems among U.S. non-federal acute care hospitals has more than tripled since the passing of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) from 12.2 percent in 2009 to 44.4 percent this year.
The ONC data brief, which also uses data from the American Hospital Association (AHA) annual survey, reveals that the percentage of hospitals that use certified EHR technology has increased from 72 percent in 2011 to 85 percent in 2012.
The brief also broke down the different states and how they rank on adoption. Adoption of basic EHR systems ranges from approximately 21 percent in New Hampshire to approximately 71 percent in South Dakota. Overall, 12 states had a significantly higher average of basic EHR adoption in acute care hospitals than the national average of 44 percent, while 11 had a significantly lower adoption rate than the national average.
In an additional data brief, ONC revealed since HITECH, there has been strong growth of EHR technology that meets Meaningful Use. For instance, hospitals adoption of computerized physician order entry (CPOE) has increased by 167 percent from 2008 to 2012.
More than half (56 percent) of healthcare professionals believe their organization could be doing more to educate employees on HIPAA compliance and the rules around sharing protected health information.
The Arnhold Institute for Global Health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai is partnering with DigitalGlobe to create the Health Equity Atlas Initiative (ATLAS), a platform that standardizes and maps population data in order to generate insights that address health inequities.
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The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center (OSUWMC) received the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) annual Grace Award in recognition of its leadership in health information management.