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Surprise: Older doctors use more EHR features

It’s commonly believed that young folks get more out of technology than others, and the same belief is often held when it comes to doctors and health IT. But one recent study says that might not be true.

Contrary to that popular belief, older doctors are more likely to use new functionality in electronic health record (EHR) systems than their younger counterparts, according to a recent study from researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

The study was based on a trial for a new EHR-based tobacco treatment functionality. The trial included 207 physicians, half of whom reported they used the function.

According to the researchers, the doctors who more readily used the new technology tended to be:

  1. staff physicians rather than trainees
  2. doctors who graduated more than 10 years ago, rather than those who graduated more recently, and
  3. busier doctors with a higher volume of patients with complex health issues.

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