Doctors Not Ready For Switch To Electronic Health Records

June 19, 2008

According to a new survey held by the Massacshuetts General Hospital's Institute for Health Policy, very few doctors in the U.S. have made the switch to using electronic health record systems.Boston (ChattahBox) – According to a new survey held by the Massachusetts General Hospital’s Institute for Health Policy, very few doctors in the U.S. have made the switch to using electronic health record systems.

The survey was conducted by talking with over 3,000 doctors across the U.S.

They found that very few are embracing these new electronic health record systems, as only 17% of doctors support the technology and have started using it.

Electronic health record systems are used for a variety of things beyond just records, such as ordering lab tests, prescriptions, and more.

According to the study, only 4% reported having a fully functional system, while 13% had a basic system.

The findings are set to be published in the New England Journal of Medicine.


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