Notable Electronic Health Record Milestones
National Library of Medicine makes Medical Literature Analysis and Retrieval System (MEDLARS) operational. Image courtesy of the National Library of Medicine.
Regenstrief Institute develops first EHR System with inpatient/outpatient information. Director Clement McDonald (front) worked on developing the computer-based order entry system. Image courtesy of Indiana University School of Medicine.
Veterans Adminsitrations starts work on VistA, the Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture. Image courtesy of the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Congress endorses public use of VistA.
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act is passed with major implicates to EHR use, disclosure and confidentiality.
President George W. Bush promotes adoption of EHRs. Image courtesy of WhiteHouse.gov.
The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act passes, encouraging EHR adoption
Since 2008, electronic health record adoption has increased 41% -- an rise attributable to a mandate from the U.S. government and paid incentives to doctors' offices and health care provider networks to make investments in the technology.
Although there's still a long road ahead in terms of achieving meaningful use incentives, this slideshow explores the history of EHR devices.