What percentage of nursing homes (NH) use electronic health records (EHRs)? Perhaps I should call them skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) instead of nursing homes. There's a paper that was recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association (JAMIA) that answers this question. The authors on this paper were: Helaine E. Resnick PhD, MPH; Barbara B. Manard PhD; Robyn I. Stone DrPH; and Majd Alwan PhD.
Here are the key points:
- Nearly 43% of U.S. NH had EIS (electronic information system) for medical records, including nurse's notes, physician notes, and MDS forms. EIS use ranged from a high of 79.6% for admission, transfer, and discharge to a low of 17.6% for daily care by certified nursing assistants (CNAs).
Care to view the abstract? Click here.
Resnick HE, Manard BB, Stone RI, Alwan M. Use of electronic information systems in nursing homes: United States, 2004. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2009 Mar-Apr;16(2):179-86.