Preliminary results from an annual federal survey show 50.7 percent of responding physicians in 2010 are using some type of electronic health records system in their offices. That compares with a final 2009 figure of 48.3 percent, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics.

Based on preliminary results from the 2010 survey, significant jumps in adoption come among physicians using EHRs that meet the criteria of a "basic system" (24.9 percent, up 14 percent from 2009) and a "fully functional system" (10.1 percent, up 46 percent).

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