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EHRs: U.S. docs falling behind international peers

How do U.S. physicians rate when it comes to implementation of electronic health records? Not great.

Only 46% of U.S. primary care practices have some form of EHRs in place — that’s less than half the rate of their peers in countries like Australia, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, and the U.K.

That’s according to a new survey from The Commonwealth Fund.

The relatively low adoption rate is due in part to the fact that other countries started using EHRs in doctors’ offices first, and then moving to hospitals — the opposite of the U.S. implementation plan.  But the survey highlights the fact that the U.S. spends more per person for health care while still slogging through processes that are less efficient, and more prone to error.

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