Study: Contrary to Popular Belief, Older, Busier Physicians More Likely to Use New EHR Functionality

Older and clinically busier physicians may be more likely to use novel electronic health record functionality, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.

Researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston conducted a retrospective analysis of a trial of new EHR-based tobacco treatment functionality. They found that overall, 50 percent of clinicians used the novel functionality. Clinicians who graduated more than 10 years before were more likely to use the functionality than those who graduated less than 10 years prior to the study.

In addition, clinicians with higher patient volumes and clinicians who saw patients with more documented problems were more likely to use the functionality. Independent predictors of use were the number of patient visits and the number of documented problems.

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