Some States Slow to Adopt Electronic Health Records
Electronic health records (EHRs) allow healthcare professionals and hospital staff to easily access patient health information and devote more time to patient care. As the technology continually advances, cabinets with paper files will become a thing of the past.
According to the USA Today article, “Some States Lag in Using Electronic Health Records,” a few states including Maryland, Oklahoma, Vermont, West Virginia and Wyoming have been slow to adopt EHRs. The majority of the country has embraced the updated technology due in part to the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act which encourages the adoption of health information technology. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports more than 50,000 health IT-related jobs have been created since the HITECH Act was passed.
As the healthcare industry works toward total adoption of this and other innovative technologies, students pursuing a health information technology or healthcare informatics degree have a positive career outlook. Read the entire article to learn more about the meaningful use and adoption of electronic health records.