Washington (ChatterShmatter) – According to a new study, less than 2% of U.S. hospitals have comprehensive electronic health record systems in place.
Researchers focused on over 3,000 hospitals in the U.S. and were led by Dr. Ashish K. Jha of the Harvard School of Public Health.
The idea behind the study was to see just how common it was for hospitals in the U.S. to have already adopted these electronic health record systems.
These systems have been pushed time and time again by President Barack Obama as a way to improve health care, and cut long-term costs.
In the short term though they are not cheap, as it can cost $50 to $100 million to get them all set-up.
Because of these costs, only 1.5% of U.S. hospitals have these comprehensive electronic health record systems.
Some have more basic systems, with 10% of hospitals having a basic system, but the full-blown systems are rare and likely will be due to the high cost of set-up.
The study has been published in the New England Journal of Medicine.