More hospitals adopt EHRs but challenges remain

A new study finds that more hospitals have implemented electronic health record systems, but challenges and the adoption gap remain. The research, published in Health Affairs, finds that 75 percent of hospitals adopted at least a basic EHR in 2014. Larger, urban, non-profit and major teaching hospitals were more likely to have comprehensive EHR systems. But among those that have not yet adopted an EHR system are those that face the biggest challenge. Researchers found that 32 percent of critical access hospitals have not yet adopted a basic EHR system, compared to 21.9 percent of non-critical access hospitals. Ongoing challenges reported by hospitals included the startup and ongoing costs of the systems, obtaining physician cooperation and the complexity of meeting the Meaningful Use criteria within the required time frames. >> Read the full story at FierceEMR