Putting HIT and EHRs to Use
Policy-makers are closely tracking the adoption of Health Information Technology (HIT) and Electronic Health Records (EHR) due to their potential to improve efficiency and increase the quality of U.S. health care.
- An RWJF report finds that physician use of EHRs increased 17 percent from 2002-2011, and adoption of EHRs in hospitals increased to 18 percent from 2010-2011.
- Three Health Affairs articles based on the RWJF report show that few physicians had EHR systems in 2011 that met Meaningful-Use criteria, rural hospitals continue to be slow in adopting EHRs, and physicians in non-primary care, small practices and those over age 55 lag in adopting EHR systems.
- A JAMA article examines the challenges associated with sharing clinical data electronically.
- An RWJF two-page brief explores how HIT can improve quality of care.