Study: Most Health Organizations Are Implementing HIEs

Posted on April 23, 2013 I Written By

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A study by revenue cycle management vendor Emdeon has concluded that most hospitals and medical practices are getting involved with HIEs, and that a majority of providers were implementing automated medication reconciliation, e-prescribing and EMRs.

To conduct the study, researchers spoke with 147 people from hospitals, large practices and small practices about their HIT practices, according to Becker’s Hospital Review.

Eighty-eight percent of hospitals surveyed had fully implemented or were in the process of implementing health information exchange, Emdeon found.  Large practices were even more involved, with 94 percent of those surveyed having fully implemented or begun the process of implementing HIEs.  Even smaller practices were largely on board, despite their resource constraints, with 72 percent having fully or partially implemented HIE connectivity.

As for the other health IT initiatives studied, here’s a quick overview of what Emdeon found (stats courtesy of Becker’s):

Hospitals

* 77 percent have implemented or are on the way to implementing automated medication reconciliation
* 85 percent have partially or completely implemented EMRs
* 61 percent have partially or completely rolled out e-prescribing

Large Medical Practices

* 57 percent are implementing or have completed rollout of automated medication reconciliation
* 74 percent have partly or completely implemented EMRs
* 82 percent have partly or fully implemented e-prescribing

Small Medical Practices

* 55 percent have partly or fully implemented automated medication reconciliation
* 62 percent have partly or completely rolled out EMRs
* 62 percent have partly or fully rolled out e-prescribing