As part of its ongoing mission to help meet the academic and global demand for health information technology data to improve patient care, The Dorenfest Institute for Health Information, managed by the HIMSS Foundation, has made available its 2012 year-end HIMSS Analytics Database. The database covers IT use in nearly 5,400 US hospitals from 1986 through 2012.

In addition to the 2012 year-end database, HIMSS Analytics released two research reports to the Dorenfest Institute, including a special report analyzing the healthcare information technology buying behaviors of hospitals based on the hospital’s tax status.

The report “Hospital Tax Status and HIT Buying Patterns” uses the institute’s databases to analyze the health IT acquisition and implementation patterns of US hospitals. The “2013 Annual Report of the US Hospital IT Market,” is also now available in pdf format on the Dorenfest Institute website.  Using trended data from 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012, the report examines technology use at nearly 4,300 US hospitals.