While health information exchange among U.S. non-federal acute care hospitals grew in 2014, only 23 percent of hospitals nationwide were able to find, send, receive and use data electronically to/from sources outside their hospital system.

That’s one takeaway from a nationwide American Hospital Association survey released by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT. In addition, only 41 percent of surveyed hospitals last year reported having necessary clinical information available electronically from outside providers or sources when treating a patient that was seen by another provider or care setting.

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