The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act of 2009 helped to advance the adoption and meaningful use of electronic health records (EHRs). Today, more than 95 percent of hospitals possess an EHR. With widespread adoption of EHRs, policy is now shifting towards the use of EHR data. EHR data can improve patient care by giving providers access to evidence based tools that assist with decision making and facilitating clinical practice by automating and streamlining the provider workflow. This brief uses data from the American Hospital Association Information Technology Survey to describe trends in the use of EHR data among non-federal acute care hospitals from 2015 to 2017. We defined use of EHR data as a set of ten measures that describe hospital processes for leveraging data within their EHR to inform clinical practice (see appendix for survey details). The data brief also presents variation in the use of this data by hospital characteristics and over time.
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