Only half of assisted living communities with EHRs exchange health information with pharmacies

New data from CDC's National Center for Health Statistics reveals that senior living communities with and without electronic health records (EHRs) were most likely to exchange health information with pharmacies, followed by physicians and hospitals.

New data from CDC's National Center for Health Statistics reveals that senior living communities with and without electronic health records (EHRs) were most likely to exchange health information with pharmacies, followed by physicians and hospitals. Communities that used EHRs were much more likely to exchange information, according to the third wave of the National Study of Long-Term Care Providers conducted in 2016. Among residential care communities with EHRs, the percentage exchanging information with pharmacies was 50.4%, compared with 9.3% of communities without EHRs. Among physicians, 24.3% of communities with EHRs exchanged information vs. 5.9% of communities not using EHRs. With hospitals, 13.6% of communities that used EHRs exchanged information compared with 4.9% of communities without EHRs. The CDC data came from surveys of nearly 29,000 residential care communities between August 2016 and February 2017. Overall, more than one-quarter of assisted living and similar residential care communities used EHRs, with wide geographic variation.