Survey: Little IT in Doctors Offices

 
 
By eweek  |  Posted 2004-09-29 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The first nationwide snapshot of IT use in physician offices shows that solo and small practices lag way behind their larger counterparts in using information technology to improve quality of care.

The first nationwide snapshot of IT use in physician offices shows that nearly 60% of solo and small practices used information technology in one or none of several functions shown to improve quality of care. The survey is based on data from 2001; HSC (Center for Studying Health System Change), the non-partisan research group that conducted the survey, said rates in general have probably increased, but tendencies by practice setting are probably unchanged. Large practices were 50% more likely to use IT to obtain treatment guidelines, exchange clinical data with other physicians, access patient notes, generate treatment reminders for the physicians use and write prescriptions. See the surveys contents at HSC.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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