Study authors recommend that federal policymakers increase efforts to ensure the gap does not widen. “A more robust infrastructure for information exchange needs to be developed, and possibly a special program for the sizable minority of hospitals that have almost no health information technology at all.”
The study found that 10.7 percent of small hospitals had at least a basic EHR in 2011, up 14.7 percent from 2008. But medium hospitals had a 29.8 percent rate (up 20 percent) while 43 percent of large hospitals had at least a basic EHR, up 24.5 percent.
Significant gaps also showed when comparing rural and urban, and teaching and non-teaching hospitals. The report is available at healthaffairs.org.