Physician EMR use tops 50 percent for first time PDF Print E-mail
Written by Neil Versel,   
Friday, 17 December 2010 13:15

For the first time, more than half of office-based U.S. physicians are using some form of EMR in their practices, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's annual National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey. Just one in 10 has what can be considered a fully functional system, though that represents a 46 percent increase from 2009.

In the newly released 2010 report, based on a survey of about 7,000 physicians, the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics says 50.7 percent of those in ambulatory practice had at least a partial EMR in place this year, up from 48.3 percent in 2009. Some 24.9 percent reported having a "basic" EMR, compared to 21.8 percent a year ago. The CDC defines a basic EMR as one capable of: recording patient history and demographic information, problem lists, clinical notes and medication lists; electronic prescribing; and displaying lab and imaging results. Anything short of that is considered a partial system.

The CDC says 10.1 percent have fully functional EMRs, which include advanced capabilities such as medical histories, CPOE, drug-drug interaction checking and guideline-based interventions. That figure is up from 6.9 percent in 2009.

For more data and analysis:
- read the CDC report
- take a look at this UPI story
- see this Wall Street Journal "Health Blog" post



ICD-10 Corner

9 benefits of ICD-10

1. Measuring the quality, safety and efficacy of care
2. Designing payment systems and processing claims for reimbursement
3. Conducting research, epidemiological studies, and clinical trials
4. Setting health policy
5. Operational and strategic planning and designing healthcare delivery systems
6. Monitoring resource utilization
7. Improving clinical, financial, and administrative performance
8. Preventing and detecting healthcare fraud and abuse
9. Tracking public concerns and assessing risks of adverse public health events

More details..

About Us

Started by a group of young, enthusiastic physicians in the year 1999, Vision Infonet was incorporated in the State of Illinois in 2001. As a vibrant enterprising organization,  we began our journey towards the world leadership in providing the IT enabled back-office services to medical facilities.....more

Our Newsletter

Copyright © 2018. Designed by

S5 Box

Login / Register