A national survey carried out by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics, reports the perceptions and practices of nearly 3,200 doctors using electronic health record systems. Here are some of the findings:
• 55 percent of U.S. doctors have started to use some kind of EHR.
• About 75 percent of those who have embraced EHR said the type of system they use meets the criteria of meaningful use, which is in accordance to the terms of the 2009 federal legislation to promote the use of electronic health record systems.
• Beyond that, 85 percent testify they are “somewhat” or “very” happy with the electronic health system on a day-to-day basis. In addition, three in four stated the system has improved patient care.
Adoptions of EHR systems have only increased and according to the study will keep doing so. A little over half the number of physicians that reported to not be using an EHR system, stated they plan on doing so in the next year.
More results of the survey visit, http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db79.htm.