Hospital Lab Trends

This graph shows changes to the number of hospitals in 2.5.1 Pre-Initiation, 2.5.1 Test, and 2.5.1 Production statuses from June 2012 to January 2015. For Pre-Initiation, the values are 1 in April 2014, 5 in July 2014, 823 in October 2014, and 1,014 in January 2015. For Test, the values are 155 in June 2012, 352 in January 2013, 395 in April 2013, 473 in July 2013, 626 in October 2013, 720 in January 2014, 967 in April 2014, 1,297 in July 2014, 1,801 in October 2014, and 1,887 in January 2015. For Production, the values are 68 in June 2012, 112 in January 2013, 128 in April 2013, 193 in July 2013, 280 in October 2013, 296 in January 2014, 366 in April 2014, 479 in July 2014, 602 in October 2014, and 831 in January 2015
Number of Hospitals in Test and Production for 2.5.1 ELR, Trend over Time.

Between January 2014 and January 2015, the number of hospital labs testing the 2.5.1 format ELR needed for ELR Meaningful Use more than doubled, and the number of hospital labs with production 2.5.1 ELR almost tripled, increasing to 281% of the 2014 number.

The number of hospital labs in test and production for ELR has grown every quarter since June 2012, as shown in the following graph.

Most hospital labs do not process as much volume as large national labs or public health labs. However, there are more than 6 times as many hospital labs in the U.S. than there are large national labs and public health labs combined; therefore, the total lab reporting volume from all hospitals is still high, with opportunities for further growth.

In 2013, hospital labs were responsible for 20% of electronic lab reports to public health for notifiable diseases. This compares to 14% in 2012.

Trends for All Labs

In addition to hospital labs, the CDC monitors ELR for four additional lab types, for a total of five types of labs:

  1. Federal Labs
  2. Hospital Labs
  3. Large Labs
  4. Public Health Labs
  5. Other Labs
This graph shows changes to the number of labs of all types in 2.5.1 Pre-Initiation, 2.5.1 Test, and 2.5.1 Production statuses from June 2012 to January 2015. For Pre-Initiation, the values are 1 in April 2014, 6 in July 2014, 953 in October 2014, and 1,148 in January 2015. For Test, the values are 234 in June 2012, 438 in January 2013, 485 in April 2013, 574 in July 2013, 749 in October 2013, 866 in January 2014, 1,134 in April 2014, 1,461 in July 2014, 2,040 in October 2014, and 2,120 in January 2015. For Production, the values are 81 in June 2012, 144 in January 2013, 164 in April 2013, 248 in July 2013, 373 in October 2013, 394 in January 2014, 520 in April 2014, 633 in July 2014, 793 in October 2014, and 1,129 in January 2015
Number of Labs of All Types in Test and Production for 2.5.1 ELR, Trend over Time.

The total numbers of labs of all types in test and production for 2.5.1 ELR are growing at rates generally consistent with those of hospital labs alone, although for all labs the production increase is a higher percentage change than the test increase. The biggest gains to date are during the 2014 calendar year: