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Thursday, July 25, 2013

EHR Adoption Steady, but More Work Needed

By David Pittman
MedPage Today
Originally published July 9, 2013

Physicians are continuing to adopt electronic health records at a steady clip, but more work is needed to have those systems communicate with each other, according to two studies published Tuesday.

In 2012, 72% of physicians had adopted some type of EHR system and 38.2% had capabilities required for a basic system (P<0.05), a review by the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics in Hyattsville, Md., found.

The number of basic EHR adopters was up from just over 25% in 2010, Chun-Ju Hsiao, PhD, and colleagues reported in a study that appeared online in Health Affairs. A basic EHR was defined as having seven capabilities including recording patient history and clinical notes, viewing lab results and imaging reports, and using computerized prescription ordering.

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