Office of National Coordinator for Health IT: Health Information Exchange Among U.S. Hospitals

This data brief from the Office of National Coordinator for Health IT reports on health information exchange activities among U.S. hospitals based on data from the 2014 American Hospital Association Annual Survey Information Technology Supplement.  All non-federal acute care general medical and surgical, general children’s, and cancer hospitals owned by private/not-for-profit, investor-owned/for-profit, or state/local government and located within the 50 states and District of Columbia were surveyed. The response rate was 60%, and the data was weighted and adjusted based on hospital characteristics (size, ownership, teaching status, system membership, urban status, region, etc.)

As of 2014, 47 states and the District of Columbia had at least 60% or more of their hospitals electronically exchange key clinical data with outside providers:

  • 62% electronically exchanged health information with hospitals outside of their system
  • 69% electronically exchanged health information with ambulatory providers outside of their system
  • 69% electronically exchanged laboratory results with outside providers
  • 65% electronically exchanged radiology reports with outside providers
  • 64% electronically exchanged clinical care summaries with outside providers
  • 58% electronically exchanged medication lists with outside providers

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