Though the number of office-based pediatricians using electronic health records has risen to nearly 80 percent, relatively few of them use a basic or fully functional EHR and even fewer have added pediatric functionality, while EHR cost and reduction in productivity remain serious concerns.

That is the conclusion of an article published online Dec. 29 in Pediatrics, the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics. To determine the prevalence and functionalities of EHRs, as well as pediatricians¬í perceptions of EHRs, a self-administered questionnaire was sent to 1,621 pediatricians from July to December 2012 and the responses were compared with a similar 2009 survey.

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