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NCHS Data Brief from 2011 Physician Workflow Survey

The CDC's Center for National Health Statistics (NCHS) has issued a data brief announcing estimates from the 2011 Physician Workflow Survey, which is sponsored by ONC.

A blog post from National Coordinator Farzad Mostashari

Key findings

  • About three-quarters of physicians who have adopted an EHR system reported that their system meets federal "meaningful use" criteria.
  • Eighty-five percent of physicians who have adopted an EHR system reported being somewhat (47%) or very (38%) satisfied with their system.
  • About three-quarters of adopters reported that using their EHR system resulted in enhanced patient care.
  • Nearly one-half of physicians currently without an EHR system plan to purchase or use one already purchased within the next year.
  • In 2011, 55% of responding physicians had adopted an electronic health record (EHR) system.
Posted July 18, 2012




SPECIAL RESOURCE SECTION -- Electronic Health Records

Healthcare professionals using an electronic health record device provided by the Agency for HealthCare Research and Quality.

The Guide to Reducing Unintended Consequences of Electronic Health Records is an online resource designed to help you and your organization anticipate, avoid, and address problems that can occur when implementing and using an electronic health record (EHR). Our purpose in developing the Guide was to provide practical, troubleshooting knowledge and resources.

The Guide was developed with all types of health care organizations in mind - from large hospital systems to solo physician practices. We anticipate that the primary users will be EHR implementers such as Regional Extension Centers, chief information officers, directors of clinical informatics, EHR champions or "super users," administrators, information technology specialists, and clinicians involved in the implementation of an EHR. Frontline EHR users (such as physicians and nurses) may also find the Guide useful.

The Guide is based on the research literature, other practice-oriented guides for EHR implementation and use, research by its authors, and interviews with organizations that have recently implemented EHR. The Guide represents a compilation of the known best practices for anticipating, avoiding, and addressing EHR-related unintended consequences. However, this area of research is still in its infancy. Therefore, the Guide is a work in progress. We invite you to revise its tools and recommendations in keeping with your own experience and in response to emerging research findings.

The RAND Corporation prepared the Guide for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality under contract HHSA290200600017I, Task Order #5. The authors of the Guide are Spencer S. Jones, Ross Koppel, M. Susan Ridgely, Ted E. Palen, Shinyi Wu, and Michael I. Harrison.

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