According to Clinical Leader, Electronic Health Records (EHRs) are now in use in over 80 percent of developed markets and they are quickly becoming commonplace in China as well. EHRs are beneficial for the patients, doctors and healthcare facilities because they improve workflow, reduce errors, assist with patient recruitment and cut back on the amount of time physicians have to spend on paperwork. Moreover, as in other countries, EHRs in China are being used during clinical trials for data compilation.
The History of Electronic Health Records in China
China began introducing EHRs to their hospitals and clinics in 2005. Since then, they have been working hard to expand EHR use to as many facilities as possible. When working with EHR systems, the healthcare facilities are required to abide by specific standards and guidelines laid out by the Health Information Standards Professional Committee (HISPC) of the Ministry of Health (MOH). This ensures not only consistency of use among facilities but also helps to ensure patient privacy.
By 2011 in China, after six years of integrating EHRs into their clinics and hospitals, 120 EHR systems were fully in place and being used daily. Another 40 systems were on their way to completion, and 100 more were in the planning stage—and this is out of approximately 20,000 hospitals. Clearly, China had only made its first small step towards the goal of 100% EHR adoption.
Electronic Health Records in China Today
As the EHR market expands in China, international technology companies such as Dell, Siemens, IBM, Fujitsu and Cisco are seeking to further expand their EHR presence there. Along with these companies, the government is developing its own system that will link public health institutions, hospitals and insurance operations together in Guangdong, Liaoning, Henan and Inner Magnolia.
As of 2014, half of all tertiary hospitals in China use their own EHR system, as do 30% of urban health centers and 20% of rural hospitals. This growth is only expected to continue, with experts predicting 80% participation in tertiary hospitals by 2020. Government officials are also hoping to implement EHRs in at least half of urban clinics and rural hospitals by 2020 as well. To further improve the efficiency of EHRs, China is also in the process of developing Regional Healthcare Information Networks, which will allow communities to share information via central data centers.
The addition of EHRs in China means that rapid growth is within grasp for international software developers and companies that offer ancillary services such as software training and hardware support. By storing patient information electronically, hospital efficiency is vastly improved, and healthcare facilities are able to take on an increased patient load without sacrificing patient care.
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