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Most Doctors Satisfied With Electronic Health Records

Last Updated: July 19, 2012.

Although only 55 percent of physicians had adopted electronic health records in 2011, most are somewhat or very satisfied with their system and most report enhanced patient care, according to a July data brief issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics.

THURSDAY, July 19 (HealthDay News) -- Although only 55 percent of physicians had adopted electronic health records (EHRs) in 2011, most are somewhat or very satisfied with their system and most report enhanced patient care, according to a July data brief issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS).

Noting that one goal of the federal 2009 Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act was to advance use of health information technology with federal incentives, Eric Jamoom, Ph.D., from the NCHS in Hyattsville, Md., and colleagues used data from the 2011 Physician Workflow study to present a nationally representative profile of physician use of EHR systems.

The researchers found that, in 2011, the EHR system had been adopted by 55 percent of physicians. About three-quarters of those who had implemented the system reported that it met the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services criteria for "meaningful use." The majority of physicians (85 percent) who had implemented an EHR system reported being very or somewhat satisfied with their system (38 and 47 percent, respectively). Enhanced patient care was reported by about three-quarters of those who had adopted an EHR system. Of those physicians currently without an EHR system, nearly one-half planned to purchase or use one within the next year.

"Among non-adopters, about one-half reported either already having purchased a system or planning to adopt a system within 12 months," the authors write. "This finding suggests an increase in EHR adoption is likely to take place in 2012 among 2011's non-adopters, potentially amplifying the impact of federal policy incentives."

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