Only 9% of physician use EHR systems' full capabilities: 3 insights

A recent CDC report noted approximately eight in 10 physicians possessed EHR systems in 2015, according to HealthcareIT News.

Here are three insights:

1. One-third of these physicians "electronically sent, received, integrated or searched" for patient information, according to HealthcareIT News.

2. The report found 9 percent of physicians utilized their EHR systems to do all four of the above-mentioned functions.

3. The following lists the states with the highest and lowest percentages of physicians performing each EHR function, based on the 2015 National Electronic Health Records Survey:

• Electronically sending

  • Arizona — 56.3 percent 
  • Idaho — 19.4 percent

• Electronically receiving

  • Wisconsin — 65.5 percent 
  • Louisiana and Mississippi — 23.6 percent

• Electronically integrating

  • Delaware — 49.3 percent 
  • Alaska — 28.4 percent

• Electronically searching

  • Oregon — 61.2 percent 
  • District of Columbia — 15.1 percent

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