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Critical Access Hospitals Struggle with EHR Implementations

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  • July 15 2014, 7:56am EDT

Though critical access hospitals are making substantial strides in adopting health IT and increasing their telehealth and health information exchange capabilities, they face significant challenges in implementing electronic health records due to a lack of resources and workflow and staffing barriers.

Found in every region of the U.S., CAHs represent roughly 30 percent of hospitals nationwide, often providing critical healthcare services in underserved rural areas of the country. The good news is that as of last year 89 percent of CAHs had an EHR in place, and 62 percent of CAHs with an EHR had a fully electronic health record system, while 27 percent had a health record system that was part electronic and part paper.

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