- In 2017, 94% of U.S. hospitals used their EHR data in ways that inform clinical practice, up from 87% in 2015 and equal to 2016 usage, new data released by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology show.
- The most frequent use of EHR data was to support quality improvement (82%), followed by monitoring patient safety (81%) and measuring organization performance (77%). Hospitals with the capability to send, find, receive and integrate data from outside organizations were twice as likely to use their EHR data as hospitals without that degree of interoperability.
- Hospitals’ use of EHR data varied by vendor. While the vast majority of hospitals with Epic, Meditech and Cerner EHRs regularly used their data for tasks that inform clinical practice, that was not the case with hospitals using other EHR products.