In 2009, approximately 44 percent of the nation’s physicians said that they used all or partial electronic medical record (EMR) or electronic health record (EHR) systems in their office-based practice, the National Center for Health Statistics reports. About 20 percent reported using basic systems while 6.3 percent used fully-functioning systems.
This data shows that more physicians have been using EHR and EMR systems, with increases reaching almost 20 percent between 2007 and 2008, according to the center.
As EHRs become more commonplace in healthcare facilities, various groups across the country are striving to educate professionals in the field about these health informatics tools. For example, officials from Georgia’s Greenway Medical Technologies recently announced that the company will offer a free webinar on the topic later this month.
According to the business, the webinar will teach professionals how to choose an EHR provider based on the facility’s specialty, practice size and workflow. Emeritus Justin Barnes, the EHR Association chairman, will also discuss meaningful use incentives and other aspects of the HITECH Act health information technology funding.