Adoption of electronic health records grows rapidly, but fewer than half of US hospitals had at least a basic system in 2012.
Approach to Improving Safety
Setting of Care
Despite considerable federal financial incentives intended to promote electronic health record (EHR) use, as of 2012 only 42.2% of hospitals in the United States had implemented a system that met federal "meaningful use" criteria (which include use of computerized provider order entry with decision support). Rural and nonteaching hospitals were less likely to have implemented an EHR compared with larger urban hospitals.