This represents a 532 percent increase in adoption since 2008, according to the 2013 AHA Information Technology Supplement Survey. A basic EHR, as defined by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, includes patient demographics, problem lists, medication lists, discharge summaries, computerized provider order entry for medications, lab and radiology reports, and diagnostic test results. All functionality must be implemented in at least one clinical unit. These systems may or may not include clinician notes.

During the same period, hospital adoption of comprehensive EHR systems grew from 2 to 26 percent. Comprehensive systems have significant advanced functionality that is required to be implemented in all clinical units. Certified EHR technology, which meets federal requirements for some or all of the hospital requirements of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services EHR Incentive Program, are possessed — though not necessarily implemented — by 93 percent of hospitals.

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