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Hospital Routine Electronic Notification

Percent of U.S. Hospitals that Routinely Electronically Notify Patient's Primary Care Provider upon Emergency Room Entry
2015

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Three in five non-federal acute care hospitals routinely electronically notify a patient's primary care provider upon his entry to the hospital's emergency department - an over 50 percent increase since 2012.
Routine Electronic Notification Percent of Hospitals with Capability
2012 2013 2014 2015
Routinely Notifies 39% 48% 56% 59%
Routinely Notifies Inside and Outside System 16% 21% 27% 29%
Routinely Notifies Only Inside System 21% 24% 27% 28%
Routinely Notifies Only Outside System 2% 3% 2% 2%
Summary:

Three in five non-federal acute care hospitals routinely electronically notify a patient's primary care provider upon his entry to the hospital's emergency department - an over 50 percent increase since 2012. Fifty-seven percent of all hospitals routinely electronically notify primary care providers inside the hospital's system; whereas, 30 percent of all hospitals routinely electronically notify physicians outside the hospital's system.

For more information on Hospital Health Information Exchange & Interoperability, please read ONC Data Brief #36: Interoperability among U.S. Non-federal Acute Care Hospitals, 2015.

Source:

ONC/American Hospital Association (AHA), AHA Annual Survey Information Technology Supplement.

Notes:

[1] Data reflect the responses of 55% of all non-federal acute care hospitals.

[2] Data calculated from answers to survey questions: "When a patient visits your Emergency Department, do you routinely provide electronic notification to the patient's primary care physician?" [Yes/No] and "If yes, are electronic notifications provided to primary care physicians listed below?" [Inside of Your System/Outside of Your System]

Suggested Citation

Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. 'Percent of U.S. Hospitals that Routinely Electronically Notify Patient's Primary Care Provider upon Emergency Room Entry,' Health IT Quick-Stat #26. dashboard.healthit.gov/quickstats/pages/FIG-Hospital-Routine-Electronic-Notification.php. May 2016.

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