As the 10th anniversary of Bush's speech approaches, most readers responding to Modern Healthcare's IT survey said the U.S. will not meet Bush's deadline. But give the country just a few more years and it will get there, they predict.
Asked what year they think most Americans will have access to their own EHR, only 10% of respondents chose 2014. But 22% answered 2015 and 60% predicted 2016. Only 7% thought it would take until 2017 or beyond.
Nearly 90% of hospitals and 80% of office-based physicians have EHRs today, according to federal data. But providers no longer are the only electronic record creators. According to the Pew Research Center, 21% of Americans use electronic health trackers. A Microsoft online marketplace lists 226 over-the-counter digital monitoring devices, including weigh scales, blood pressure cuffs and pulse oximeters, plus another 142 mobile health applications, all interoperable with its HealthVault personal health record platform.
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