EMRs: Strong Hospital Implementation, Low Patient Adoption

Critical to the success of healthcare reform and the ultimate goal of a transformed healthcare system is a real-time health information exchange (HIE).  The ultimate goal is for HIEs to be  accessible to and usable by a variety of health care stakeholders: clinicians, lab, hospital, pharmacy, health plans, payers and patients.

Greater access to patient-level health information is integral to improving the quality, efficiency, and safety of health care delivery.

Recently, the Wall Street Journal published the results of a survey showing that, while hospitals have complied and implemented EMRs, patients aren’t using them.

Here are the survey results:

  • About 80% of hospitals make EMRs available; and

  • most hospitals have implemented electronic medical records, but only 24% of consumers are making use of them.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services reported:

  • Since 2011, more than 190 million electronic prescriptions have been sent by doctors, physician’s assistants and other health care providers using EHRs, reducing the chances of medication errors.

  • Providers have checked drug and medication interactions to ensure patient safety more than 40 million times through the use of EHRs.

  • Providers shared more than 4.3 million care summaries with other providers when patients moved between care settings resulting in better outcomes for their patients.