Vol. 9 No. 24, November 21, 2012
Fact and Stats
US pediatricians are lagging behind in adopting electronic health record systems, according to a new study published in the journal Pediatrics. For the study, researchers from the Seattle Children's Hospital reviewed 646 survey responses from nonresident pediatric clinicians practicing in office or clinical settings. The respondents all were members of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
The study found that in 2009:
In comparison, about 6.9% of all office-based physicians used a fully functional EHR system in 2009, according to the study. The researchers wrote, "Based on National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey estimates of EHR use, our findings indicate that pediatricians are about one to two years behind the national average in terms of implementing fully functional EHR systems."
41% of surveyed pediatricians said they used an EHR system or planned to use one within the next 12 months;
25% said they used an EHR system that met criteria for "basic" functionality or planned to use such a system within the next 12 months; and
6% said they used an EHR system with full functionality or planned to use such a system within the next 12 months.
The study also found that only 3% of surveyed pediatricians said they used a fully functional EHR system equipped with specific pediatric features, such as immunization tracking and weight-based prescription dosing information.
Source: Pediatricians’ Use of Health Information Technology: A National Survey
Date: November 19, 2012
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