A new report indicates the number of physicians using electronic health records (EHR) has more than doubled since 2001.
In preliminary data collected by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), nearly 44 percent of office-based physicians reported using all or partial EMR/EHR systems. In 2001, only 18 percent of physicians surveyed used EHR systems.
From 2007 to 2008, physicians’ use of an EHR systems increased by 18.7 percent, noted the report.
Within the same period, the percentage of physicians reporting use of systems that met the criteria of a basic system increased by 41.5 percent.
The NCHS conducts an annual nationally representative survey to collect data on use of EHR. Both mail and in-person surveys of physicians providing direct patient care were administered.
Find details about the report here.