Almost one-fourth of physicians use some sort of electronic health record, but only about 10% use more sophisticated systems -- so-called fully operational systems that are capable of multiple functions such as order- and prescription-entry and decision support, according to a new report. Hospitals are no further along, with roughly 10% tracking a patients course of care through computerized order-entry, the report said. Financial, legal and technical barriers continue to slow EHR adoption, officials said at todays news conference on the report. Karen Bell, a director in HHS office of health information technology adoption, said the federal government and the health IT community are working to overcome those barriers in order to meet President Bushs goal of having EHRs for most Americans by 2014. The report was prepared by researchers at the Institute for Health Policy at Massachusetts General Hospital and the School of Public Health and Health Services at George Washington University. Read the report. -- by Matthew DoBias
EHR use at about 10%, report finds
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