CDC: Certified electronic health record (EHR) adoption is up

Certified electronic health record (EHR) adoption by office-based physicians increased 6.6% from 2013 to 2014, according to statistics released by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention. Data from the 2014 National Electronic Health Records Survey show that EHR adoption increased from 67.5% in 2013 to 74.1% in 2014.

The NCHS reports that EHR adoption by primary care physicians — defined as family or general practitioners, internists, pediatricians, and obstetricians or gynecologists — increased from 72.1% in 2013 to 78.6% in 2014, an increase of 6.5%. EHR adoption by specialists increased from 63.1% to 70.3%, an increase of 7.2%.

EHR adoption rates varied widely by state. While Alaska had the lowest adoption rate at 58.8%, Minnesota topped the list with a rate of 88.6%. Iowa, North Carolina, Oregon, South Dakota and Vermont also had statistically significant higher EHR adoption rates than the national average.

Percentage of office-based physicians who have a certified electronic health record system, by state: United States, 2014

SOURCE: CDC / NCHS, National Electronic Health Records Survey, 2014. SOURCE: CDC / NCHS, National Electronic Health Records Survey, 2014.

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