The number of U.S. primary care physicians using electronic medical records increased by 50% in the last 3 years, but most doctors still do not receive timely information from specialists or hospitals, an international survey found.
Roughly 69% of U.S. primary care doctors reported using EHRs in 2012 compared with 46% in 2009, the survey published in the journal Health Affairs found. The 2012 number put the U.S. in the middle among the 10 nations surveyed — only 41% of Swiss physicians used EHRs, compared with 98% of Norwegian physicians.
But despite the increase in their use of EHRs, only 11% of U.S. doctors said information they receive about their patients from specialists is timely, and only 26% are told by a hospital that their patient has been discharged, Cathy Schoen, senior vice president of policy, research, and evaluation at the Commonwealth Fund in New York City, and colleagues found.
David Pittman reports here.
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