U.S. Makes Progress to #AdoptHIT

Driven by major federal investments in health information technology over the last several years, hospitals, physicians, and other care providers have made significant strides in the adoption and use of electronic health records, according to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s annual report.

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  1. The annual report on health information technology (HIT) adoption, co-authored by Mathematica Policy Research and the Harvard School of Public Health, was released at a Health Affairs event in Washington, D.C. Farzad Mostashari, MD, the National Coordinator for Health IT, was a keynote speaker at the event. 

  2. According to the report, the proportion of hospitals with at least a basic electronic health record (EHR) has nearly tripled since 2010 to 44 percent. Physicians have also made substantial progress, with 38.2 percent reporting the adoption of basic EHR functionalities.

  3. After the report's release, Michael Painter, senior program officer at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, hosted a Twitter chat to discuss trends in adoption, health information exchanges, and using EHRs to engage patients. 

  4. Here’s a recap of the #AdoptHIT discussion:

  5. Michael Painter began the discussion by asking participants about their thoughts on trends in EHR adoption:

  6. RWJF HIT Report Exhibit 4 Hospital adoption of EHRs
  7. Participants shared ideas about continuing the momentum for adoption: