This represents more than a fourfold growth from 2008, when only 1.6 percent of hospitals had a comprehensive EHR, according to the AHA IT Supplement Survey. As defined in a 2009 New England Journal of Medicine article, the 24 functions required for a comprehensive EHR fall into four categories: electronic clinical information (which includes demographics, physician and nursing notes and discharge summaries, among others); computerized provider order entry (medication orders, nursing orders, lab reports, radiology tests); results management (ability to view lab reports and radiology and diagnostic reports and images); and decision support (clinical guidelines and reminders, drug allergies and interactions). Further, the EHR system must be deployed across all clinical units to be considerated "comprehensive."
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Coming in June: ICD-10
Trustee will look at the progress hospitals have made in planning for the new coding system's implementation.