Physicians Report Wide Adoption Rates for EHRs

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27% have not instituted systems into their practices, but many plan to do so within the next year

More than 70% of family and internal medicine physicians report using an electronic health record (EHR) system, according to new survey results from the 84th annual Medical Economics 2012 Exclusive Continuing Study.

The numbers showcase wide adoption of the technology by most doctors, yet nearly 27% of the respondents have not instituted systems in their practices.

When asked how long it will take the practice to recoup the investment of its system, nearly 40% of family and general practitioners were unsure. Close to 22% of the respondents report it will take 3 to 5 years.

When it comes to e-prescribing, more than threefourths of those physicians working with an EHR system say they are doing it. Of the 22% of doctors who reported they do not currently e-prescribe, nearly half said they will be performing that function within the next 12 months. Nearly 52% of the physicians who eprescribe are sending in prescriptions by this method more than 76% of the time.

Of the 27% of physicians on the sidelines, nearly half say they plan to adopt EHR technology in the next 12 months.

Still, a minority of physicians are holding out on adopting the technology, and their reasons for doing so vary.

Gigi C. Lefebvre, MD, a family physician in St Petersburg, Florida, says her office-based solo practice does not have an EHR system and she may continue to hold out. …