TrusteeThis represents a 19 percent leap from hospitals surveyed in fiscal 2002. According to the 2011 American Hospital Association Annual Survey, the gaps between data collection efforts at teaching vs. nonteaching and urban vs. rural hospitals shrunk during the intervening years. In 2002, 85 percent of teaching hospitals collected race/ethnicity data compared with 76 percent of nonteaching hospitals; now, more than 95 percent of both groups gather this information. And only 69 percent of rural hospitals in 2002 collected this data; today, more than 93 percent of both types of organizations collect this data.

During this same period, hospitals made major progress in gathering patient primary language data: a 49 percent increase to 80 percent of hospital survey respondents. Gaps between teaching and nonteaching and rural and urban hospitals were less than 10 percent in the 2011 survey, but the latter segments showed the most growth since 2002: 94 percent of urban hospitals, up from 70 percent, and 84 percent of rural hospitals, up from 46 percent, collect primary language data.

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Coming in July/August: Most Wired Hospitals:

Trustee will take a look at health information technology trends from the 2013 Hospitals & Health Networks Most Wired Survey.