How many doctors use EMRs?

How many doctors use EMRs?

A national survey of 2,758 physicians in 2008 found that fewer than one in five doctors have adopted electronic medical record systems in their office practices:

4% use full systems  13% use basic systems 83% no systems

Doctors in large practices more likely to use EMRs

Number of
in practice
Full system Basic system
1-3 2% 7%
4-5 3% 11%
6-10 6% 17%
11-50 8% 22%
More than 50 17% 33%

Full systems: Patient history and medications; ordering prescriptions, lab work and radiology tests; viewing lab results and radiology images; warnings for drug interactions and unusual test results; and reminders for tests and other preventative care.
Basic systems: Patient history, medications and clinical notes; viewing lab results, images; prescription orders.

Doctors with full EMR systems say their patients can:
63%  Request refills for prescriptions online
52%  Request appointments online
50%  View their medical records online
36%  Request referrals online
26%  Make changes to or update their records online

Doctors with EMRs say the system helped them:
90%  Learn of a critical laboratory value
80%  Prevent a drug allergy
71%  Prevent a potentially dangerous medication interaction
69%  Provide preventative care
68%  Order a critical laboratory test
17%  Order a genetic test

Doctors without EMR systems say the major obstacles include:
66%  Capital costs
54%  Unable to find a system to meet needs
50%  Uncertainty about return on investment
44%  The system becoming obsolete
41%  Loss of productivity during transition

Source: "Electronic Health Records in Ambulatory Care - A National Survey of Physicians" in The New England Journal of Medicine (July 3, 2008)

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