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Vol. 9 No. 16, August 1, 2012

Fact and Stats

Fifty-five percent of office-based doctors said they had electronic health records (EHRs) of some kind in 2011, according to a survey by the US National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), a unit of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Of those physicians, three-quarters said their systems could help them meet the government's Meaningful Use criteria.

Key findings
  • In 2011, 55% of physicians had adopted an EHR system.
  • About three-quarters of physicians who have adopted an EHR system reported that their system meets federal "meaningful use" criteria.
  • Eighty-five percent of physicians who have adopted an EHR system reported being somewhat (47%) or very (38%) satisfied with their system.
  • About three-quarters of adopters reported that using their EHR system resulted in enhanced patient care.
  • Nearly one-half of physicians currently without an EHR system plan to purchase or use one already purchased within the next year.
One goal of the federal 2009 Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act is to advance the use of health information technology by providing Medicare and Medicaid incentives to physicians and hospitals that adopt and demonstrate "meaningful use" (MU) of electronic health record (EHR) systems (1,2). This report presents a nationally representative profile of physician use of EHR systems.

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Source: Physician Adoption of Electronic Health Record Systems: United States, 2011

Date: July, 2012

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Worth Noting

World e-ID Congress 2012

AAL Forum 2012 (Eindhoven, Netherlands)

Digital Health Conference 2012 (New York, US)

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