More than 90% of U.S. physicians use electronic health record systems, according to a new global survey from Accenture, Healthcare IT News reports (Miliard, Healthcare IT News, 5/9).
Details of Survey
Harris Interactive conducted the online survey for Accenture. In November and December of 2012, researchers polled 3,700 physicians in eight countries:
- Spain; and
- The U.S.
500 physicians were surveyed in each country except Singapore, where 200 doctors were surveyed (Accenture release, 5/9).
EHR Use by Country
The survey found that 93% of U.S. doctors reported using EHR systems.
According to the survey, EHR use among physicians in other countries was:
- 95% in Spain;
- 93% in Germany;
- 92% in France;
- 87% in Singapore;
- 83% in Australia;
- 82% in England; and
- 76% in Canada (Accenture survey, 5/9).
According to the survey:
- 78% of U.S. physicians routinely enter notes into EHRs;
- 65% of U.S. physicians routinely prescribe drugs electronically (Pennic, HIT Consultant, 5/9);
- 62% of U.S. physicians receive clinical results in their EHR system, a 24% increase from the prior year;
- 57% of U.S. physicians use electronic laboratory orders, a 21% increase from the prior year;
- 45% of U.S. physicians use health information exchange technology to access clinical data from outside their organization, a 32% increase from the prior year; and
- 38% of U.S. physicians say that using EHRs and HIEs has lowered their organization's costs (Healthcare IT News, 5/9).