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NCHS Data Brief. 2010 Sep;(45):1-8.

Electronic medical record adoption and use in home health and hospice.

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Center for Health Statistics 3311 Toledo Road, Hyattsville, Maryland 20782, USA.


In 2007, about 5,900 of the 14,500 providers of home health or hospice care (41%) had electronic medical records (EMRs), and an additional 2,200 (15%) planned to have EMRs within the next year. Providers who offered both hospice and home health care were more likely to have EMRs than providers offering only home health care, but did not differ from providers of hospice care only. Among providers with EMRs, 98% used components for recording patient demographics and 83% for clinical notes, and over one-half used clinical decision support systems or computerized physician order entry. Nonprofit and government providers, providers jointly owned or operated with other health care organizations, and providers with over 150 patients were more likely to have EMRs.

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