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EHR Use Nearly Same in Hospital Outpatient Practices

EHR Use Nearly Same in Hospital Outpatient Practices

EHR adoption is nearly universal in hospital-owned outpatient practices as of 2017, according to the latest research from HIMSS Analytics.

The 9th Annual Outpatient PM and EHR Study pulled data from myriad sources, including a web-based survey aggregating data from a total of 436 respondents including physicians, practice managers, administrators, CEOs, and health IT experts between June 23, 2017 and July 12, 2017. Additionally, HIMSS collected information from its market intelligence platform on June 30, 2017 to gain insight into nearly 150,000 hospital-owned and independent practices.

Based the data, 92 percent of hospital-owned outpatient facilities are presently using a live and operational EHR system.

“Statistics from LOGIC and the 2017 Outpatient Study indicate strong growth in the implementation of outpatient EHRs over the years,” wrote researchers. “This growth coupled with high adoption rates suggest the hospital-owned outpatient market has neared universal adoption.”

While EHR adoption is on the rise at hospital-owned practices, EHR use rates at independent practices have fallen slightly to 70 percent.

“With some physicians on the verge of retirement and choosing not to invest in EHR technology, others who do not feel they need it, and the purchase of physician practices by either larger practices or hospitals/health systems, the opportunity for adoption in the free-standing market is somewhat limited,” stated researchers…


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