A survey of more than 3,700 physicians across eight nations finds common ground on some benefits of health information technology, including better data access for research, improving care coordination and reducing errors.

The survey, however, finds high levels of physicians finding negative or unsure effects of I.T. to cut unneeded procedures (44 percent), improve care access (43 percent) and improve outcomes (39 percent). The Accenture consultancy conducted the survey in August and September 2011. It surveyed about 500 physicians each in Australia, Canada, England, France, Germany, Spain and the United States, and 200 in Singapore.

In general, U.S. physicians rated the benefits of electronic health records and health information exchange lower than foreign colleagues. Forty-five percent of U.S. docs believe the technologies can improve diagnostic decisions compared to the global total of 61 percent, 45 percent think outcomes can improve against 59 percent globally, and 47 percent say I.T. has improved the quality of treatment decisions compared with 61 percent globally.

The survey is available here.

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