The U.S. appears to be holding its own in healthcare information technology use and adoption by physicians compared with physicians in Australia, Canada, England, France, Germany, Singapore and Spain, according to a study released by Reston, Va.-based consultant Accenture.
U.S. seen as among health IT leaders
The study, Connected Health: The Drive to Integrated Healthcare Delivery, was based on interviews with health leaders and a survey of 3,700 physicians, according to Accenture in a statement announcing the release of the study.
According to a side-by-side comparison of “progress” in the U.S. and the six other countries toward what the consultant defined as six “dynamics of connected health,” the U.S. ranked ahead of the other nations surveyed in 10 metrics, behind in 11, and equal to the others in 21.
“What is encouraging about the U.S. findings is that primary doctors and specialists are on pretty equal footing for healthcare IT adoption,” said Mark Knickrehm, head of global healthcare for Accenture, in the news release. “This balance and equality between the sectors will help speed integration of care delivery across the U.S. healthcare system.”
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