Electronic records surge continues

By John Pulley

December 7, 2012

Almost 72 percent of office-based physicians in the United States use an electronic medical record or electronic health record, new government statistics show. Close to 40 percent use digital record systems that meet federal requirements for basic functionality.

The number of doctors with some sort of EMR/EHR is up 26 percent since last year, according to a data brief from the National Center for Health Statistics at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The number of doctors who use records that qualify as basic systems rose 17 percent over last year, according to “Use and Characteristics of Electronic Health Records Among Office-based Physician Practices: United States, 2001-2012.”

Among other findings:

The National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, conducted by mail, is the source of data cited in the brief.


By John Pulley

December 7, 2012

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