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Accenture Survey Shows Rise in Doctors Using EMR, HIE; Mark Knickrehm Comments

Accenture Survey Shows Rise in Doctors Using EMR, HIE; Mark Knickrehm Comments - top government contractors - best government contracting event

accenture logoAccenture has released survey findings showing most physicians continue to use electronic medical records and health information exchange to integrate health services and improve productivity.

The company commissioned Harris Interactive to poll 3,700 physicians from eight countries between November and December 2012 and reported a 32 percent rise in the number of doctors that use healthcare information technology, 93 percent for EMR and 45 percent for HIE.

According to the findings, 76 percent of doctors claimed the use of EMR and HIE had helped to reduce medical errors and 74 percent said the services improved the clinical research data.

“U.S. doctors are increasingly embracing EMR and HIE, which enables virtual integration outside a single medical office,“ said Mark Knickrehm, Accenture's global managing director for health business.

CHART 2Knickrehm said this health care approach would help doctors meet the Meaningful Use guidelines under the Affordable Care Act.

The survey revealed U.S. physicians saw a 32 percent rise in healthcare information technology usage, 65 percent in e-prescribing and 78 percent in entering of data electronically, representing a 34 percent annual rise.

Moreover, the findings showed 45 percent of doctors adopt healthcare IT to receive alerts while meeting patients and 57 percent use electronic lab orders, a 21 percent increase year-on-year.

A majority of U.S. doctors also reported receiving clinical lab test results and other data electronically, reflecting a 24 percent rise.

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Written by David J. Barton

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