The Age Of Electronic Medical Records Is Upon Us

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.

EMR 1

(To read the rest of the post and leave comments, please visit Forbes.)

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