Electronic Health Records (EHRs) have revolutionized the healthcare industry by providing a more streamlined and efficient way to manage patient data.
The use of EHRs has become increasingly widespread, and as a result, there is a growing interest in the statistics and trends associated with EHR adoption, usage, and impact.
In this blog post, we will explore EHR statistics that cover a wide range of topics related to the use of electronic health records in healthcare.
Table 1: EHR Adoption Rates by Healthcare Professionals
|Healthcare Professionals||Adoption Rate|
|Primary Care Physicians||79%|
|Community Center Medical Practitioners||98%|
Table 2: EHR Satisfaction Rates by Users
|Not Very Satisfied||28%|
Table 3: EHR Benefits Acknowledged by Healthcare Professionals
|Prescription order entry|
|Patient record management|
|Clinical notes management|
|Problem list management|
|View lab results|
Table 4: EHR Adoption Rates by Hospitals
|Hospital Type||Adoption Rate|
|Non-federal acute care hospitals||100%|
|Small, rural, and critical access hospitals||80%|
Table 5: EHR Adoption Rates by Specialty
|Medical Specialty||Adoption Rate|
Table 6: EHR Adoption and Meaningful Use Rates by PPCPs
|PPCP Type||EHR Adoption||Meaningful Use Rate|
|REC-enrolled Priority Primary Care Providers (PPCPs)||100%||80%|
Table 7: EHR Adoption and Usage Rates Over Time
|Year||Adoption Rate||Usage Rate|
Table 8: EHR Vendor Landscape
|Year||Number of Vendors|
Key EHR Statistics 2023 – MY Choice
- In 2017, over 86% of office-based physicians in the US were using an EHR system.
- The global EHR market size is expected to reach $39.7 billion by 2025.
- In a survey, 92% of healthcare providers reported that their EHR system positively impacted their practice’s clinical workflows.
- Around 35% of healthcare providers reported that their EHR system decreased the amount of time spent on administrative tasks.
- The top benefits of using EHRs are improved patient care (62%), better communication with patients (60%), and increased practice efficiency (56%).
- EHR adoption rates are highest in hospitals (96%) compared to other healthcare settings.
- The average EHR implementation takes between 6-12 months and costs around $15,000-$70,000 per provider.
- In a survey of healthcare providers, 64% reported that their EHR system has improved the quality of care provided to patients.
- The most commonly used EHR software in the US is Epic, followed by Cerner and Allscripts.
- EHRs have the potential to save healthcare providers up to $78 billion per year in healthcare costs.
|Percentage of surveyed doctors who believe that patient care benefits outweigh the costs of EHR adoption in 2012||60%|
|Percentage of surveyed doctors who do not believe that patient care benefits outweigh the costs of EHR adoption in 2012||40%|
|Percentage of surveyed doctors who believe that patient care benefits outweigh the costs of EHR adoption in 2011||68%|
|Percentage of surveyed doctors who do not believe that patient care benefits outweigh the costs of EHR adoption in 2011||32%|
|Percentage of physicians reporting that EHR use was associated with clinical benefits related to providing recommended care, ordering appropriate tests, and facilitating patient communication||Between 30% and 50%|
|Physicians with EHRs meeting Meaningful Use criteria and longer EHR experience most likely to report benefits across all 10 measures||Yes, 76%|
|Share of physicians who report that the use of their EHR system has led to clinical benefits (%)||For six measures, between 30% and 46%|
|Percentage of physicians with EHRs meeting Meaningful Use criteria and 2 or more years of EHR experience who report EHR benefits across almost all measures examined||85%|
|Percentage of the top six EHR vendors owning the market||Fully 54%|
|Global video telemedicine market predicted to grow to $1,624.4 million by the end of 2020||Yes|
|Percentage of physician e-prescribers who used EHR software in 2011||82%|
|Percentage of respondents who recently implemented new EHR software and say their EHR systems resulted in financial losses for the practice||65%|
|Percentage of EHR software directory products that are cloud||51%|
|Percentage of users who can use their EHR on their tablet or smartphone reported being “very satisfied” with their software||58%|
|Percentage of EHR system installations that could be considered a failure according to the Fox Group||20%|
|Percentage of office-based physician adoption of any EHRs since 2008||More than doubled, from 42% to 86%|
|Overall EHR adoption rate in the US in 2012||40%|
|Significant increase in overall EHR adoption rate in 2017||67%|
|Percentage of primary care physicians using EHR with an adoption rate of certified EHR||79%|
|Record of medical practitioners in community centers regarding EHR adoption||98%|
|Office-based physician adoption of an EHR has nearly doubled from about 40% to 89% in the last few years||Yes|
|Medicine/pediatrics EHR adoption rate||76%|
|Nephrology and family practice EHR adoption rate||75%|
|Urology EHR adoption rate||74%|
|Critical access hospitals EHR adoption rate in 2011||20%|
|Critical access hospitals EHR adoption rate in 2015||80%|
|Percentage of non-federal critical access hospitals that have achieved EHR adoption as per Definitive Healthcare data from 2020||Yes|
|Percentage of psychiatric hospitals that reported EHR adoption in 2008||7%|
|Percentage of psychiatric hospitals that reported EHR adoption in 2015||15%|
|Percentage of hospitals using a basic EHR system according to ONC published EHR adoption data via the Health IT Dashboard||83.8%|
|Percentage of hospitals possessing a certified EHR technology according to ONC published EHR adoption data via the Health IT Dashboard||96%|
|Percentage of individuals confident their medical records are safe from unauthorized viewing||84%|
|Percentage of individuals who reported experiencing a gap in information exchange when they went to a doctor in the past 12 months||32%|
|Percentage of non-Federal general acute care hospitals that had adopted a 2015 Edition certified electronic health record in data from 2019 and 2021||86%|
|Percentage of surveyed patients under the age of 40 who are dissatisfied with their organizations’ use of patient engagement technology according to Black Book||89%|
|Percentage of patients who are specifically looking for providers who use advanced health IT according to Black Book||84%|
|Percentage of school nurses who expect from an EHR system||91%|
|Percentage of school nurses who have adopted an EHR platform||91%|
|Percentage of EHR users who reported that EHR use enhanced patient care overall, helped them access a patient’s chart remotely, and alerted them to a potential medication error and critical lab values||Most physicians with EHRs|
|Percentage of physicians who are using an electronic health records systems or are in the process of installing one||82%|
|Percentage of physicians who reported decreased productivity due to EHRs||26%|
|Percentage of physicians who are not happy with their EHRs||More than one half|
|Percentage of physicians who said that EHRs made them more efficient||23%|
|Percentage of physicians who reported that their systems enabled them to earn more money||6%|
|Percentage of physicians who are interested in mobile EHRs||91%|
|Percentage of healthcare data that remains unstructured||80%|
|Percentage of EHR users who have reported being “very satisfied” with the system||About 60%|
|Percentage of healthcare professionals who have admitted that EHR has helped them manage prescription order entry, patient records, clinical notes, medications, problem list, and view lab results||More than 83%|
|Percentage of hospitals eligible for the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Program that have achieved meaningful use of certified health IT||About 95%|
|Percentage of all hospitals that have implemented inpatient or ambulatory EHR systems according to Definitive Healthcare data from 2020||More than 89%|
|Percentage of patients who reported not using a patient portal during the past year in a study analyzing patient portal use among insured patients||63%|
|Percentage of patients who reported not having been offered access to a portal in a study analyzing patient portal use among insured patients||60%|
|Percentage of physicians who showed that their EHR detracted from professional satisfaction in a survey conducted by Stanford University||54%|
|Percentage of clinicians surveyed who indicated that their EHR reduced their clinical effectiveness in the Stanford survey||49%|
|Percentage of EHR systems that either fail or fail to be properly utilized||More than 50%|
|Percentage of technology projects that fail outright across all industries||25%|
|Percentage of technology projects that don’t show any return on investment||20 to 25%|
|Percentage of technology projects that will require massive reworking after being launched||Up to 50%|
|Percentage of events in which EHRs resulted in patient harm||3%|
|Percentage of total clinician stress contributed by clinical process design and the clinical culture, both of which can be negatively impacted by an EHR, according to a study published recently||Approximately 40%|
|Percentage of respondents who said that EHR documentation contributes to feelings of burnout according to Definitive’s database of cognitive overload in physicians||Over 77%|
Adoption and Usage of EHRs
- In 2021, 91% of hospitals in the United States had adopted EHRs, up from just 9% in 2008.
- In 2021, 75% of office-based physicians in the United States had adopted EHRs, up from 42% in 2008.
- As of 2021, 98% of hospitals in the United States had a certified EHR system in place.
- As of 2021, 96% of office-based physicians in the United States were using certified EHR technology.
- Among primary care physicians in the United States, 89% reported using EHRs in 2021.
- In 2021, 75% of behavioral health organizations in the United States were using EHRs.
- In 2021, 90% of long-term care providers in the United States were using EHRs.
- In 2021, 80% of outpatient clinics in the United States were using EHRs.
Benefits of EHRs
- The use of EHRs can improve patient safety by reducing medication errors and adverse drug events.
- EHRs can improve care coordination by providing access to patient data across different providers and care settings.
- EHRs can improve efficiency by reducing paperwork and streamlining administrative tasks.
- EHRs can improve population health management by providing access to population-level data for public health monitoring and research.
- The use of EHRs has been associated with reductions in healthcare costs and improvements in care quality.
Challenges of EHRs
- EHR implementation can be costly, with estimates ranging from $15,000 to $70,000 per provider.
- EHR implementation can be time-consuming, with an average implementation time of 14.4 months.
- EHR usability and user satisfaction are common concerns, with some studies reporting high rates of physician burnout related to EHR use.
- Interoperability remains a challenge, with different EHR systems often unable to communicate with one another.
- Data security and privacy concerns are a common issue, with EHRs being a potential target for cyber attacks.
EHRs and Patient Engagement
- Patients who have access to their EHRs are more engaged in their care and have better outcomes.
- Patients who are able to view their EHRs online are more likely to adhere to medication regimens.
- The use of EHRs can improve patient-provider communication and shared decision-making.
- The use of patient portals and secure messaging can facilitate patient engagement with EHRs.
EHRs and Data Analytics
- EHRs provide a rich source of data for clinical research and quality improvement initiatives.
- The use of EHR data for research purposes has increased dramatically in recent years.
- EHR data can be used to identify high-risk patients and target interventions to improve outcomes.
- The use of data analytics with EHRs has been shown to improve care quality and reduce costs.