Seventy Six percent of Hospitals engaged in electronic sharing of information last year

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More than three-quarters of non-federal acute care hospitals reported electronically sharing health info with outside providers in 2014 according to a report released by ONC.

The survey found that 69 percent of hospitals electronically exchanged health information with ambulatory providers outside their organization, a 92 percent increase since 2008 and a 21 percent increase over 2013.

According to the report, prior to the passing of the HITECH Act, only 15 percent of hospitals involved in electronic exchange of health information with providers outside of their systems, although exchange with outside ambulatory care providers was significantly higher. The competition among hospitals and cross-vendor interoperability have historically been cited as obstacles to free exchange out-of-network. The current study has found that gap is narrowing, however, with the percent of hospitals electronically exchanging clinical data with out-of-network hospitals at 62 percent – quadruple that of 2008, and a 55 percent increase from 2013.

In addition, the gap in variation by type of data exchanged has also begun to close, with 69 percent of hospitals exchanging laboratory results, 65 percent sharing radiology reports, and 64 percent sharing clinical case summaries with outside hospitals. And 58 percent reported electronically sharing medication history with outside providers.

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