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Trends in EHR System Use among Office-Based Physicians, 2007-2012

In 2012 nearly 72% of office-based physicians reported they were using electronic health records, up from 35% in 2007. However, only 40% were using an EHR system that met criteria for a basic EHR system, while 24% were using a fully functional system for EHRs. This progress in the adoption and use of EHR systems by office-based physicians is being tracked by the National Center for Health Statistics as part of its annual National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey.

The EHR usage data is further analyzed by physician age, specialty type, gender, practice size, practice ownership, geographic region, metropolitan status, and percent of practice revenue from Medicaid.

Source: Hsiao CJ and others. Trends in electronic health record system use among office-based physicians: United States, 2007-2012. National Health Statistics Reports, no. 75, May 20, 2014. http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nhsr/nhsr075.pdf

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