Doctors, hospitals increasing use of electronic health records

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Hospitals nearly tripled their use of electronic health records (EHR) systems between 2010 and 2012, according to a new study co-authored by Ashish Jha of Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH). The authors found that 44% of hospitals report having at least a basic EHR system.

“Given the size of our country, that’s amazing progress in a very short time period,” said Jha, HSPH professor of health policy and management, in a July 8, 2013 HealthDay article.

The study was one of three co-authored by Jha on the latest trends in health information technology (IT) adoption among U.S. health care providers and hospitals. Supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation as a companion to its annual health IT report, the articles were published online July 9, 2013 in Health Affairs. Jha was one of several panelists speaking about the studies’ findings at a Health Affairs press briefing in Washington, D.C., on July 9.