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Most docs using at least partial EHR: CDC

By Maureen McKinney
Posted: December 10, 2010 - 11:45 am ET

Adoption of health information technology is growing among office-based physicians, according to preliminary results of a survey released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

More than half of physicians reported using at least a partial electronic health-record system in their practices, according to 2010 estimates from the National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, conducted by the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics. That figure is up slightly from 48.3% of physicians in 2009.

Nearly a quarter of physicians surveyed said they had an EMR in place that met criteria for a basic system, defined as having capabilities for viewing imaging results, medication lists, lab results and other features. And about 10% said they have a fully functional system in place.

Rates of adoption, however, varied widely from state to state, researchers found. More than 80% of office-based physicians in Minnesota reported having at least a partial EMR in place in 2010, but the rate was less than 40% in Kentucky and Louisiana.

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