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.

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