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Hospital Progress to Meaningful Use

Hospital Progress to Meaningful Use by Size, Type, and Urban/Rural Location
March 2016

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This is bar chart of the percent of hospitals by type that have achieved meaningful use, only attested to adopting, implementing, or using certified health IT, only registered, and not participating. Percentages are organized by hospital type: large, medium, small urban, small rural, critical access, and children's.
Progress to Meaningful Use Milestone
Hospital Type (% of All Eligible Hospitals) Attested to Stage 1 Meaningful Use Received Adopt, Implement, Upgrade Incentive Registered for EHR Incentive Program Not Participating
Large (11%) 98% <1% <1% <1%
Medium (36%) 97% 1% <1% 1%
Small Rural (11%) 97% 1% 0% 2%
Critical Access Hospitals (28%) 94% 2% 1% 3%
Small Urban (12%) 86% <1% 1% 12%
Childrens (2%) 69% 20% 3% 7%
Summary:

As of March 2016, over 9 in 10 hospitals eligible for the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Program have achieved meaningful use of certified health IT. When parsed by hospital bed size, the majority of hospitals within each hospital type are meaningfully using certified health IT. More than 90 percent of large, medium, small rural, and critical access hospitals were meaningfully using certified health IT, and more than 4 in 5 of small urban hospitals were meaningfully using certified technology. Children's hospitals have the lowest rate of meaningful use achievement, with over 2 in 3 children's hospitals having achieved meaningful use.

Source:

Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT analysis of data from the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs.

Notes:

[1] Categories are hierarchical and mutually exclusive (e.g., a hospital that has attested to Stage 1 Meaningful Use and has received adopt/implement/upgrade payment is counted only once in the attested category).

[2] Large = 400+ staffed beds; Medium = 100-399 staffed beds; Small = 1-99 staffed beds. Rural = non-metropolitan; Urban = metropolitan.

[3] Critical Access hospitals and Children's hospitals are not included in the other size and area classifications.

Suggested Citation:

Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. 'Hospital Progress to Meaningful Use by Size, Type, and Urban/Rural Location,' Health IT Quick-Stat #5. dashboard.healthit.gov/quickstats/pages/FIG-Hospital-Progress-to-Meaningful-Use-by-size-practice-setting-area-type.php. May 2016.

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