As part of the annual National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey from the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics, nearly 5,500 physicians will receive a supplement survey assessing electronic health records adoption and impacts.

The overall survey size also could expand by 1,500 physicians if Congress approves budget increases for the survey. “These increases will greatly improve the ability to track providers’ practice patterns, including their adoption and meaningful use of health information technology,” according to a CDC notice published Feb. 11 in the Federal Register.

The survey added the supplemental EHR survey in 2008 and increased its sample size five-fold in 2010. Now, the supplemental survey itself is getting expanded in 2011. “The mail survey will collect information and characteristics of physician practices and the capabilities of EMRs used in those practices,” according to the notice. “To complement the EMR mail survey, NCHS plans to introduce a provider-based mail survey to assess physician workflow before and after EMR implementation. The EMR workflow mail survey is also sponsored by ONC and will evaluate the progress of meeting the President’s goal for most Americans to have access to an interoperable electronic health record by 2014.”

The notice is available here.

--Joseph Goedert


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