A comparison of electronic health records at two major Peking University Hospitals in China to United States meaningful use objectives
- Equal contributors
1 Center for Medical Informatics, Peking University, Beijing, China
2 School of Biomedical Informatics, University of Texas Health Sciences Center at Houston, Houston, TX, USA
3 Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions, Philadelphia, PA, USA
4 Center for Statistics and Informatics, Ministry of Health, Beijing, China
BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2013, 13:96 doi:10.1186/1472-6947-13-96Published: 28 August 2013
In accordance with the People’s Republic of China’s (China) National Health Reform Plan of 2009, two of the nation’s leading hospitals, located in Beijing, have implemented electronic medical record (EMR) systems from different vendors.
To inform future EMR adoption and policy in China, as well as informatics research in the US, this study compared the United State’s Hospital Meaningful Use (MU) Objectives (phase 1) objectives to the EMR functionality of two early hospital EMR adopters in China.
At both hospitals, the researchers observed a physician using the EMR and noted MU functionality that was seen and functionality that was not seen yet was available in the EMR. The information technology department was asked about the availability of functionality neither observed nor known to the physician.
Results and conclusions
Approximately half the MU objectives were available in each EMR. Some differences between the EMRs in the study and MU objectives were attributed to operational differences between the health systems and the cultures in the two countries.