Survey Says More Than 90% of U.S. Physicians Now Use EHRs

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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:

  • Australia;
  • Canada;
  • England;
  • France;
  • Germany;
  • Singapore;
  • 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).

U.S. Findings

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).

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