The United States is finally catching up to the rest of the developed world by integrating electronic medical records (EMRs) into our healthcare systems. I thought I would share a couple pictures illustrating just how quickly the U.S. healthcare system is adopting these EMRs. The first picture comes from an article by Emily Jones and Michael Furukawa that shows a dramatic increase in EMR use and EMR capabilities among federally qualified healthcare centers:
Specifically, this picture (below) shows:
1. An increase from around 60% to almost 90% EMR use in just 2 years.
2. Accompanied by an increase in the capabilities of those EMRs – with nearly 37% meeting all EMR requirements, and around 27% missing only one requirement by 2012.