A new data briefing from the National Center for Health Statistics reports on the progress physician offices have made in adopting EHR systems. Here are the latest key findings for 2014:
- Nationally, nearly three-quarters of office-based physicians now have a certified electronic health record system, but adoption rates vary among states.
- A third of physician offices with an EHR system were electronically sharing patient health information externally with other providers.
The report also provides data on adoption rates by state and by primary vs non-primary care physicians. Electronic data exchange is analyzed by type of provider the patient record is shared with externally.
Source: Jamoom EW and others. Adoption of certified electronic health record systems and electronic information sharing in physician offices: United States, 2013 and 2014. NCHS Data Brief [National Center for Health Statistics], no. 236, Jan. 2016. http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db236.pdf
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