Survey shows about half of CA physicians use health, pharmacy informatics tools

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A recent survey by the California Healthcare Foundation shows that almost half of all physicians in the state approve of health informatics and pharmacy informatics tools, such as electronic health records (EHRs) and electronic prescribing technology.

Approximately 48 percent of all physician practices in the state use EHRs, according to the study. However, this number changes based on how large the facility is. For example, while only 20 percent of solo practices use EHRs, about 80 percent of facilities with 50 or more physicians use the tool.

The number of practices that use EHRs has increased in the state since 2008. However, it is also growing on a national level. According to a 2011 study by Kalorama Information, the EHR market is currently valued at $15.8 billion and is predicted to rise to $31.9 billion by 2015.

Many doctors in California are also using pharmacy informatics tools. According to the study, 42 percent of all physicians said that they use electronic prescribing technology, while 40 percent said that they use prescription transmission tools.