American Medical News – Do EHRs result in better care? Many physicians say yes


The CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) survey of 2011 EHR adoption trends, released on July 17, polled 3,180 physicians. It found that EHR use was up to 55% of the physician offices that responded. Of the offices that used EHRs, 85% were somewhat to very satisfied with their systems and 75% said that the use of the system resulted in better care. This was the first survey from the three year initiative that will continue to follow respondents annually through 2013. The survey directly contradicts anecdotal evidence of dissatisfied EHR users and the American Academy of Family Physicians’ survey from August 2011 which found that only 39% of respondents agreed that they would buy their EHR system again.