The number of hospitals using electronic health records more than doubled in the last two years, rising from 16 percent in 2009 to 35 percent in 2011, according to a new survey conducted by the American Hospital Association and reported by the Office of the National Coordinator. In addition, 85 percent of hospitals surveyed reported that they intend to attest for meaningful use funding by 2015.
Among the other findings:
- Hawaii had the largest percent of hospitals reporting adoption of at least a basic EHR, at 67 percent. The state with the lowest proportion was Oklahoma, with 14 percent of hospitals adopting a basic EHR.
- The adoption by hospitals of basic EHRs without clinician notes increased from 3.5 percent to 7 percent from 2010 to 2011.
- The adoption rate by hospitals of basic EHRs with clinician notes has risen from 9 percent in 2009 to 19 percent in 2011.
- Hospital adoption of comprehensive EHRs tripled from 2009 to 2011, from 3-9 percent.