Report: Top Ranked Hospitals Have Higher Levels of EHR Adoption

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Hospitals listed in Thomson Reuters' 100 Top U.S. Hospitals have more advanced levels of electronic health record adoption compared with the overall pool of U.S. hospitals, according to a report by HIMSS Analytics, Modern Healthcare reports.

HIMSS Analytics is the research arm of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society.

About the Report

For the report, HIMSS Analytics looked at the hospitals that Thomson Reuters recognized as the top 100 U.S. hospitals in 2009 or 2010 (Lee, Modern Healthcare, 4/18).

The researchers then used the HIMSS Analytics Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model --or EMRAM -- scores from November 2011 to determine the top hospitals' level of EHR adoption.

Key Findings

Researchers found that:

  • 21% of Thomson Reuters' top 100 U.S. hospitals in 2010 were at Stage 5 or higher of EMRAM, compared with nearly 9% of all U.S. hospitals; and
  • 14% of Thomson Reuters' top 100 U.S. hospitals in 2009 were in Stages 5 to 7 of EMRAM, compared with 6% of all U.S. hospitals (Monegain, Healthcare IT News, 4/18).

Implications

John Hoyt -- executive vice president of HIMSS Analytics -- in a statement said, "The very strong correlation between Thomson Reuters' 100 Top Hospitals and hospitals at higher levels on the EMRAM model shows the benefits of deploying advanced clinical applications in the delivery of health care in the U.S. hospitals."

According to HIMSS Analytics, hospitals with high EMRAM scores are more likely to achieve high levels of performance in caring for patients and operating as a business (Modern Healthcare, 4/18).


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