A study published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association found that, although electronic health record adoption is essentially ubiquitous, critical access hospitals lag behind in advanced use functions.
“As EHR adoption has become universal, the need to measure hospital use of advanced EHR functions that go beyond the digitization of clinical data to deliver value to patients and clinicians grows increasingly important,” wrote the authors.
“Our measures of advanced EHR use in the domains of patient engagement and clinical data analytics show lower levels of adoption than basic EHRs,” they added.
WHY IT MATTERS
More than a decade after the passage of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act, basic EHRs are evenly distributed across various types of hospitals in the United States.
Researchers note, however, that there was early evidence of a divide in…