An alternative to paper-based health records, electronic health records (EHR) involves storing patient health data in a centralized, digital system that caregivers can rely on when providing treatment. The hope is that EHR reforms will allow facilities like hospitals to operate more efficiently and with higher quality.
According to data from an April 2015 report conducted through the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, 50 percent of American non-federal hospitals have adopted basic EHR processes as of 2014. For example, in both Idaho and Alaska, nearly 70 percent of hospitals used basic EHR.
Moreover, the report notices a promising trend in that hospitals are moving beyond basic to more advanced EHR functionality. In 2013, for instance, about 26 percent of non-federal hospitals had comprehensive EHR, but by 2014, that number had grown to about 34 percent.