The National Center for Health Statistics in its latest survey of electronic health records use among office-based physicians finds many participating in the meaningful use program or intending to, but few ready for Stage 2.

In 2013, 69 percent of physicians were participating in meaningful use or getting ready to, but only 13 percent had an EHR capable of supporting 14 of 17 Stage 2 objectives. Use of any type of EHR hit 78 percent in 2013, and 48.1 percent had a “basic” EHR compared with 39.6 percent in 2012. A basic EHR supports patient history and demographics, problem lists, physician notes, medication/allergy lists, computerized orders for prescriptions, and electronic viewing of lab and imaging results.

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