Physician EHR adoption update: 7 statistics

The ONC has released its latest data brief outlining EHR adoption and use statistics for office-based physicians. More than eight in 10 physicians have now adopted an EHR. Here are seven more findings on how they are using their EHRs.

1. While 83 percent of physicians reported adopting an EHR, 74 percent reported using a certified EHR and 51 percent reported using a basic EHR.

2. The top two computerized functionalities reportedly used in the basic EHRs are recording demographic information and computerized prescription order entry, with 86 percent of physicians indicating they do both of these things.

3. Following those two functionalities, physicians using basic EHRs most often record patients' medications and allergies (84 percent), record clinical notes (83 percent), record patient problem lists (82 percent) and view lab results (78 percent).

4. Sixty-one percent of physicians indicate viewing imaging results in the basic EHR.

5. The majority of physicians (62 percent) applied or plan to apply for participation in Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs. Thirty-eight percent will not apply or were uncertain of plans to apply to MU. However, 47 percent of those who said they will not apply or are uncertain of plans to apply had adopted a certified EHR.

6. Primary care physicians reported the highest EHR adoption rates, either certified or basic. Seventy-nine percent of PCPs reported adopting a certified EHR, compared to 70 percent of medical specialists and 70 percent of surgical specialists.

7. Solo practitioners reported the lowest rates of EHR adoption at 64 percent. Practices with two to five physicians had 87 percent adoption rates, practices with six to 10 physicians had 89 percent adoption rates and practices with more 11 and more physicians had 97 percent adoption rates.

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