Electronic medical record concept Growth in EHR usage depends to some degree on the brand of platform used, and on whether a hospital has participated in quality programs from The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation. (Image: Shutterstock)

The use of electronic health records (EHRs) by hospitals in the U.S. has grown considerably in recent years, but though many hospitals provide patients access to their EHR data, smaller hospitals are lagging behind in their ability to share data with patients. In addition, patients are not accessing the data in large numbers.

The findings come from two studies released in April by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC). The studies looked at separate-but-related issues: the use of EHRs by hospitals, and the capabilities of patients to access EHR data from hospitals.

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