Title

Electronic health records in ambulatory care--A national survey of physicians

Document Type

Response or Comment

Publication Date

7-3-2008

Journal

New England Journal of Medicine

Volume

Volume 359, Issue 1

Inclusive Pages

50-60

Keywords

Ambulatory Care--statistics & numerical data; Attitude of Health Personnel; Medical Records Systems, Computerized--utilization; Physicians--statistics & numerical data; Electronic Health Record

Abstract

Electronic health records have the potential to improve the delivery of health care services. However, in the United States, physicians have been slow to adopt such systems. This study assessed physicians’ adoption of outpatient electronic health records, their satisfaction with such systems, the perceived effect of the systems on the quality of care, and the perceived barriers to adoption. In late 2007 and early 2008, we conducted a national survey of 2758 physicians, which represented a response rate of 62%. Using a definition for electronic health records that was based on expert consensus, we determined the proportion of physicians who were using such records in an office setting and the relationship between adoption and the characteristics of individual physicians and their practices.

Comments

Comment in:

Electronic health records in ambulatory care. [N Engl J Med. 2008]

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Peer Reviewed

1

Open Access

1