Survey Results from the American Academy of Family Physicians Indicate Widespread Adoption of Electronic Health Record Systems
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Tuesday, July 20, 2004
American Academy of Family Physicians
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The survey, conducted earlier this summer, was completed by 788 AAFP members. Nearly 40 percent of the respondents have either completely converted to EHRs or are in the process. Of the 310 respondents that have EHRs, 73 percent indicated that their EHR systems improved the health of their patients in part by reducing prescribing errors and enhancing patient communication.
Other results from the survey include:
- 65 percent of physicians with an EHR used a database of selected health information (up-to-the minute research and guidelines) to reference patient health information;
- 49 percent of survey respondents wanted to purchase an EHR; 15 percent of those within one year, 16 percent within two years and 18 percent after two years; and
- only 7 percent of the respondents had no plans to purchase an EHR.
David C. Kibbe, M.D., director of the AAFP Center for Health Information Technology, was encouraged by the survey data. "If this pattern holds and the AAFP gives the EHR initiative a bit of a push, we will reach our goal to have 50 percent of active members using EHRs by the end of 2005," he said.
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