Survey: When it Comes to EHRs, U.S. is on the Right Track | Healthcare Informatics Magazine | Health IT | Information Technology Skip to content Skip to navigation

Survey: When it Comes to EHRs, U.S. is on the Right Track

November 15, 2012
by Gabriel Perna
| Reprints

A new study from the Commonwealth Fund and Harris Interactive has found that physicians from the United States have made progress in adopting EHRs when compared to similarly developed countries. The study compared the attitudes and thoughts of primary care physicians from the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.

According to the survey, which was conducted between March and July 2012 and appears in the journal Health Affairs, 69 percent of US doctors report the use of EHRs. This puts them in the same realm as physicians from France and Germany. Above them are physicians from the Netherlands, Australia, New Zealand, Norway, and the U.K. The survey’s authors found that the spread of EHR usage in both the US and Canada has been “rapid” since 2009.

In addition, the survey's authors found that in places where EHR usage is commonplace, physicians routinely electronic order entry for lab tests and prescription drug. On the other hand, decision support was less common. In terms of multifunctional EHR capacity, the U.K. ranked near the top, while the US had much a lot of progress since the last survey from this group in 2009.

In terms of information exchange capability, New Zealand practices ranked near the top with 55 percent of physicians reporting the ability to do this, while Canada was ranked at the bottom.

Along with information on health IT usage, the survey looked at the attitudes of physicians from these various countries. In this realm, US physicians were ranked dead last. Only 15 percent of US physicians thought their system worked well. Germany was next with only 22 percent of their physicians thought that system was a good fit.

Get the latest information on Health IT and attend other valuable sessions at this two-day Summit providing healthcare leaders with educational content, insightful debate and dialogue on the future of healthcare and technology.

Learn More

Topics

News

Geisinger National Precision Health Hires Illumina Exec to Lead Business Development

Integrated health system Geisinger has hired a high-profile genetic counselor to head up business development for Geisinger National Precision Health, which was created to extend the Geisinger model on the national scene.

$30M VC Fund Launched to Spur Innovation in Cardiovascular Care

The American Heart Association, together with Philips and UPMC, has announced the launch of Cardeation Capital, a $30 million collaborative venture capital fund designed to spur healthcare innovation in heart disease and stroke care.

Epic Wins Labor Dispute in Closely Divided Supreme Court Decision

Epic Systems Corporation won a major labor-law ruling in the Supreme Court on Monday, centering around the extent of corporations’ right to force employees to sign arbitration agreements, and with a 5-4 ruling in its favor

Survey: Two-Thirds of Physician Practices Seeking Out Value-Based Care Consulting Firms

Most physician organizations are not prepared for the move to value-based care, and 95 percent CIOs of group practices and large clinics state they do not have the information technology or staff in-house needed to transform value-based care end-to-end, according to a recent Black Book Market Research.

Cumberland Consulting Buys LinkEHR, Provider of Epic Help Desk Services

Cumberland Consulting Group, a healthcare consulting and services firm, has acquired LinkEHR, which provides remote application support, including Epic help desk services.

Population Health Tool that Provides City-Level Data Expands to 500 Cities

A data visualization tool that helps city officials understand the health status of their population, called the City Health Dashboard, has now expanded to 500 of the largest cities in the U.S., enabling local leaders to identify and take action around the most pressing health needs in their cities and communities.