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EHRs: My How Things Have Changed

According to a recent analysis:

  • 74.1% of office-based physicians had a certified electronic health record (EHR) system in 2014, up from 67.5% in 2013.
  • The percentage of physicians who had a certified EHR system ranged from 58.8% in Alaska to 88.6% in Minnesota.
  • 32.5% of office-based physicians with a certified EHR system were electronically sharing patient health information with external providers.
  • Among physicians with a certified EHR system, 14.0% shared patient health information electronically with behavioral health providers, 13.6% with long-term care providers, and 15.2% with home health providers.

Source: “Adoption of Certified Electronic Health Record Systems and Electronic Information Sharing in Physician Offices: United States, 2013 and 2014,” NCHS Data Brief No. 236, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, January 2016,

The importance of having one’s own medical information is growing

In 2013, more than half (54.9 percent) of patients said it was important to them that they get their own medical information electronically, a jump from 2008, when 44.3 percent of patients said so, according to recent findings from AHRQ’s newly released Chartbook on Care Coordination.  Having electronic access to their medical information mattered more to younger patients (18 to 34) than to patients 65 and older. However, having their doctors and other health providers share medical information electronically with each other for care coordination was most important to older patients, followed by middle-aged (35–64) and younger patients. Patients across all ethnic groups and educational levels want their doctors and other health care providers to be able to share medical information electronically, the chartbook shows.  From 2008 to 2013, the percentage of Black patients who said sharing medical information electronically was very important grew from 37.2 percent to 47.6 percent; among Whites, the percentage grew from 42.6 percent to 54.6 percent; and Hispanics, from 40.1 percent to 53.2 percent. For more information on the Chartbook on Care Coordination, part of AHRQ’s National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports, please visit:

Now that we beyond the tipping point and see the benefit, let’s get on with it

According to a recent survey of registered nurses who use Electronic Health Record systems (EHRs):

  • 71% would not consider going back to paper-based medical records
  • 72% agreed that EHRs improve patient safety and avoid medication errors
  • 43% agreed that EHRs eliminate duplicate work
  • 33% agreed that EHRs give nurses more time with patients

Source: “Nurses Agree EHRs Improve Patient Safety,” Allscripts News Release, May 6, 2015,

E-health comes of age as a business issue

Informed consent the electronic way

FDA released draft guidance last week outlining ways for clinical investigators, sponsors and institutional review boards to use electronic media to obtain patients’ informed consent for clinical investigations, reacting to researchers’ increasing interest in using electronic media instead of the traditional written informed consent document.

Medical Identity Theft: how did it happen and how did people find out

Accenture Survey: Majority of Seniors Want to Access Healthcare From Home

An Accenture survey regarding senior attitudes toward digital healthcare tools found that:

  • 67% of seniors want to access healthcare service from home.
  • 66% of seniors do not think available technology is sufficient for them to access healthcare from home.
  • Currently 25% of seniors use electronic health records portals regularly to manage their health.
  • Of those that currently use these portals, 57% use them to access lab results.
  • More than 60% of seniors are willing to wear a health tracking device to monitor vital signs.
  • Over 66% of seniors prefer to use self-care technology rather than managing health independently.

Source: Accenture, March 2, 2015

What privacy?

According to a recent analysis of over 80,000 health-related web pages:

  • 91% of health-related web pages send HTTP requests to third party advertisers and data brokers
  • 70% of these requests include information about specific symptoms or diseases
  • Google collects user information from 78% of pages, comScore collects from 38% of pages, and Facebook collects from 31% of pages

Source: “Your Privacy Online: Health Information at Serious Risk of Abuse,” Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania Press Release, February 20, 2015,

Meaningful Use Stage 2 Taking Hold

CMS Says 77% of Eligible Hospitals Have Attested to Stage 2 MU
The attestation rate for hospitals eligible to attest to Stage 2 of the Meaningful Use program currently stands at 77 percent, according to Elisabeth Myers from the CMS Office of E-Health Standards and Services. READ MORE »

Patients weigh in on EHRs

Data from a Xerox/Harris survey found that although patients aren’t always completely honest when providing data for their EHR, a majority of respondents expect electronic records to result in better care with higher efficiency. Fifty-three percent of respondents said their care improved after their providers adopted the technology, while 55% wanted to use EHRs to ask questions, 56% said they would use EHRs to request refills and 36% indicated they would request referrals via EHR. Medical Marketing & Media (1/7)

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