Use of information technology, especially for storing and exchanging laboratory data, is widespread at U.S. hospitals, but small hospitals without national accreditation have adopted IT systems at about half the rate of large facilities, according to a survey of 650 senior hospital executives. The survey, funded by the CMS and conducted by policy research center Mathematica, Princeton, N.J., found that 88% of the hospitals surveyed were using IT for laboratory results, 59% for clinical notes, 50% for electronic images, 49% for electronic lab orders and 21% for e-prescribing. The rate of use lagged significantly among small hospitals not accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. For example, 98% of large, JCAHO-accredited hospitals used IT for lab data compared with 48% of small hospitals without JCAHO accreditation. Read the survey results. -- by Andis Robeznieks
IT growing common, but small hospitals lag: survey
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