Brief Available on Use of Electronic Health Records on Residential Care Communities

The Center for Disease Control’s National Center for Health Statistics recently released Data Brief  No. 128, titled “Use of Electronic Health Records in Residential Care Communities”.  The report provides baseline findings on residential care communities’ (assisted living communities) use of electronic health records from the 2010 National Survey of Residential Care Facilities (NSRCF).

Key Findings:

  • In 2010, only 17 percent of residential care communities in the United States used electronic health records.
  • Residential care communities that used electronic health records were more likely to be larger, not-for-profit, chain-affiliated, co-located with another care setting, and in a nonmetropolitan statistical area.
  • The health information most commonly tracked electronically by residential care communities that used electronic health records included medical provider information, resident demographics, individual service plans, and lists of residents’ medications and active medication allergies.
  • Four in 10 residential care communities that used electronic health records also had support for electronic exchange of health information with service providers; nearly 25 percent could exchange with pharmacies, and 17 percent could exchange with physicians.

Data Brief No. 128 is available here.  If you have any questions or comments, please contact Christine Caffrey at ccaffrey@cdc.gov