Accenture Survey Finds EMR and HIE Use Increases Among Physicians

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EMR and HIE use increases among U.S. doctors, Accenture annual survey finds.

The vast majority of U.S. doctors (93 percent) reported actively using electronic medical records (EMR) in an annual survey by Accenture of 3,700 physicians in eight countries: Australia, Canada, England, France, Germany, Singapore, Spain and the United States. And, showcasing the growing importance of health information exchange(HIE), nearly half (45 percent) of doctors surveyed said they regularly access clinical data outside their own organization, representing a 32 percent annual increase.

The Accenture survey compares findings from last year’s survey to reveal prevailing perceptions among doctors today, and show trends across areas of healthcare IT. Based on this year’s findings that show increasing levels of adoption of EMR and HIE, the digital doctor is in—and is here to stay.

Accenture Survey Finds EMR and HIE Use Increases Among Physicians

“U.S. doctors are increasingly embracing EMR and HIE, which enables virtual integration outside a single medical office,” said Mark Knickrehm, Accenture’s global managing director who leads the company’s health business. “This growing trend strongly supports a patient-centered approach to care and reinforces the progress physicians are making as they prepare to meet the Meaningful Use guidelines required by the Affordable Care Act.”

U.S. Doctors Leading Healthcare IT 
Increasing their overall productivity, U.S. doctors also reported a 32 percent annual increase in the routine use of healthcare IT capabilities (see chart below) compared to an increase of 15 percent, among doctors in the other countries surveyed. Most significantly, U.S. doctors reported the ­­highest routine use of two IT capabilities:  e-prescribing (65 percent) and entering patient notes into electronic medical records (78 percent), which represent a 34 percent annual increase.
Accenture Survey Finds EMR and HIE Use Increases Among Physicians
The majority of doctors in all countries reported that EMR and HIE have had a positive impact on their practice, such as reducing medical errors (76 percent) and improving the quality of data for clinical research (74 percent). However, U.S. doctors were the least likely (38 percent) to report that using EMR and HIE reduced their organization’s costs. They also said that cost was the single greatest barrier to technology adoption.
View summary report, The Digital Doctor is In