The U.S. lags behind other countries in use of electronic health records, according to the Commonwealth Fund.
In its recent healthcare scorecard, the Commonwealth Fund said at the current rate of adoption it will take more than 30 years to expand clinical-support tools to all physicians in the U.S. By comparison, 98% of practices in the Netherlands are using EHRs that are more likely to have advanced clinical functions to enable information exchange across healthcare facilities.
EHR use in the U.S. grew to 28% from 17% from 2001 to 2006, but that is still far behind other countries, according to the Commonwealth Fund. New Zealand, the U.K. and Australia have an adoption rate of 92%, 89% and 79% of physicians, respectively. Germany has a lower adoption rate of 42%. Canada lags behind the U.S., with an adoption rate of 23%.
For more coverage on the Commonwealth Fund scorecard, see Matthew DoBias' "U.S. losing ground on healthcare, Commonwealth scorecard finds."