More than six in 10 hospitals last year electronically exchanged health information with outside providers--a 51 percent increase since 2008--according to results of the 2013 American Hospital Association annual Health IT survey posted online by ONC. However, there are still areas of HIE that are in need of significant improvement.
AHA survey data from 2008 to 2013 indicates progress in electronic HIE among non-federal acute care hospitals. The majority of hospitals (57 percent) electronically exchanged health information with ambulatory providers outside of their system--a 58 percent increase since 2008. And, four in 10 hospitals electronically exchanged health information with hospitals outside of their system--a whopping 167 percent increase since 2008.
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