Provider adoption and meaningful use of electronic health records (EHRs) is an essential component in transforming care delivery. An EHR is an electronic version of a patient's longitudinal medical history. The EHR may include key administrative and clinical data relevant to that person's health care under a particular provider, including demographics, progress notes, problems, medications, vital signs, past medical history, immunizations, laboratory data, and radiology reports. EHRs are the inevitable next step in the continued progress toward implementing electronic health information exchange and have the potential to improve the quality, safety, and efficiency of health care while reducing costs. In 2012, the office-base physician EHR adoption rate in Maryland was approximately 49.2 percent.
Last Updated: May 15, 2014