Accenture released a study analyzing how countries and health systems apply systematic approaches to healthcare information technology.
In the 16-page report, authors found nearly 59 percent of U.S. physicians enter patient notes electronically and 54 percent send prescription orders to pharmacies electronically.
Accenture said in a release that authors conducted more than 160 interviews with healthcare leaders.
Authors surveyed 3,700 physicians in Australia, Canada, England, France, Germany, Singapore, Spain and the U.S.
On average, nearly 20 percent of doctors in other countries send prescription orders electronically.
Authors found that 38 percent of U.S. primary doctors have electronic access to clinical data from patients who have been seen by a different health organization.
Forty-eight percent of U.S. specialists send prescription orders electronically compared to the 38 percent average in other countries.
“What is encouraging about the U.S. findings is that primary doctors and specialists are on pretty equal footing for healthcare IT adoption,“ said Mark Knickrehm, leader of Accenture's global healthcare business.