Docs embracing electronic health records

Electronic health records are finally hitting the mainstream.

A report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics finds the majority of doctors are now using electronic health recordings, and a quarter more say they plan on using one in the coming year.

And most feel they play a meaningful role in their work. Most doctors (85 percent) who have the system in place say they are either “somewhat” or “very” satisfied with its day-to-day operations. And three in four say patient care has improved as a result of electronic health record adoption.

Among the benefits of the system, physicians say, are: accessing a patient’s chart remotely (74 percent), being alerted to critical lab values (50 percent) and enhancing overall patient care (74 percent).

The survey was conducted by the National Center for Health Statistics as part of an ongoing three-year effort (continuing through 2013) designed to assess perceptions and practices regarding electronic health record systems.

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