Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Strong Adoption of Electronic Health Records, Other Digital Technologies Among Physicians

You may have read this last week:

Survey of Nearly 11,000 Doctors Shows Strong Adoption of Electronic Health Records, Other Digital Technologies
NEW YORK, July 7 /PRNewswire/ -- A new survey by Knowledge Networks using the Physicians Consulting Network (PCN®) – its panel of specialists and other health care professionals – shows how digital technology and other factors are transforming doctors' attitudes and habits. Compared to two years ago, primary care physicians (PCPs) and specialist doctors alike have dramatically increased their use of electronic health records (EHRs), and they are expecting to spend less time with sales reps in the coming six months.
Here's an interesting table that compares PCPs vs. specialists:


Table 1. PCPs, specialists seeking convenience, control


PCPs
Specialists


2010
2008
2010
2008

Using electronic records
50%
38%
52%
42%

Expect to decrease sales rep time
14%
9%
12%
8%

Own smartphone
55%
--
62%
--

Use smartphone for e-detailing*
17%
--
18%
--

Use smartphone for surveys*
29%
--
24%
--

* Among smartphone owners

I think it's fair to say that by 2015, we'll see much higher adoption rates among physicians using electronic health records, smartphones, and other forms of digital technology.

You can read the full press release here.

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