A federal study of physician adoption of electronic health records software in 2011 shows widespread support for the technology among those that use it.

EHR data for the study comes from 3,180 office-based physician respondents to the National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey from the National Center for Health Statistics within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The survey will be conducted again in 2012 and 2013. Results of the 2011 survey include:

* Fifty-five percent of respondent physicians had adopted at least some EHR technology. Fewer than one-third of solo practitioners had adopted, but practices with 2 to 10 physicians were twice as likely to adopt and larger practices were three times more likely;

* About 75 percent of respondent physicians had remotely accessed a patient chart within the past 30 days, and another three-quarters said the EHR enhanced overall patient care;

* Half of respondents were alerted to critical lab results within the past 30 days, and 40 percent were alerted to potential medication errors in the same time span;

* Thirty-eight percent of physicians who adopted EHRs were very satisfied, and 47 percent were somewhat satisfied; and

* Nearly half of respondents without an EHR plan to adopt one within a year.

Complete survey results are available in Physician Adoption of Electronic Health Records Systems, United States, 2011.

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