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Study Says Clinical IT Adoption Varies

September 20, 2007
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While practice setting and size are the strongest predictors of physicians' access to clinical information technology (IT) in their practices, significant variation in IT adoption exists across specialties, according to a national study released today by the Center for Studying Health System Change (HSC).

HSC, a nonpartisan policy research organization located in Washington, the study examined whether physicians had access to information technology in their practices for the following five clinical activities:

- Obtaining information about treatment alternatives or recommended guidelines

- Accessing patient notes, medication lists or problem lists

- Writing prescriptions

- Exchanging clinical data and images with other physicians

- Exchanging clinical data and images with hospitals

According to the study, across primary care, medical and surgical specialties, significant variation in access to IT exists.

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