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Reports & Data

Health IT Adoption Rates

Measuring Health IT Adoption

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) supports two national health IT adoption surveys: one of physician offices and one of hospitals.

The surveys:

  • Assess the current state of health IT adoption;
  • Specify measurable goals and methods for evaluating strategies; and,
  • Determine approaches that can accelerate health IT adoption in a cost-effective manner

Physician Office Survey:

A national survey was conducted through the CDC National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (NAMCS) of non-federal employed office-based physicians who are primarily engaged in direct patient care. The survey used a definition for EHRs that was based on expert consensus and determine the proportion of physicians who were using such records in an office setting and the relationship between adoption and the characteristics of individual physicians and their practices.

For more information on the survey, please see the CDC's official NAMCS site.

See the CDC's analysis of the 2013 survey results on physician adoption of EHRs, as well as other analyses on the 2013 and prior years' results.

View the ONC Health IT Dashboard's visualization of the most recent state-level physician EHR and other health IT adoption data.

See the ONC Health IT Dashboard's Quick Stats for more analyses on this survey, as well as other physician data.

Hospital Survey:

A national survey of U.S. non-federal acute care hospitals was conducted as an appendix to the American Hospital Association (AHA) annual survey. The survey used a definition for EHRs that was based on expert consensus and determines the proportion of hospitals who were using such records across the entire hospital as well as the relationship between adoption and certain hospital characteristics.

See the ONC's analysis of the 2013 survey results on hospital health information exchange and adoption of electronic health record systems. [PDF]

View the ONC Health IT Dashboard's visualization of the most recent state-level hospital EHR and other health IT adoption data.

See the ONC Health IT Dashboard's Quick Stats for more analyses on this survey, as well as other hospital data.

Health IT Adoption – Survey Tables

Physician Office Survey:

The survey can be used to define two levels of electronic health record: basic and full, which are defined by the functionalities below.

 BasicFull
Health Information & Data
Patient demographics X X
Problem list X X
Current medications X X
Clinical notes X X
Medical hx & follow up   X
Order Entry Management
Rx orders X X
Lab orders   X
Radiology orders   X
Rx sent electronically   X
Orders sent electronically   X
Results Management
View lab results X X
View imaging results X X
Images returned   X
Clinical Decision Support
Drug warnings   X
Out of range levels highlighted   X
Clinical reminders   X
Population Health Management
Public health reporting    
Notification of diseases    

Hospital Survey:

The survey can be used to define two levels of electronic health record: basic and full, which are defined by the functionalities below.

 BasicFull
Electronic Clinical Information
Patient demographics X X
Physician notes X X
Nursing assessments X X
Problem lists X X
Medication lists X X
Discharge summaries X X
Advance directives X  
Computerized Provider Order Entry
Lab reports   X
Radiology tests   X
Medications X X
Consultation requests   X
Nursing orders   X
Results Management
View lab reports X X
View radiology reports X X
View radiology images   X
View diagnostic test results   X
View diagnostic test images   X
View consultant report   X
Decision Support
Clinical guidelines   X
Clinical reminders   X
Drug allergy results   X
Drug-drug interactions   X
Drug-lab interactions   X
Drug dosing support   X