Survey: U.S. Physicians Slow to Adopt HIT

June 24, 2011
A new analysis by the New York-based Commonwealth Fund of HIT deployment in seven industrialized countries finds that physicians’ adoption of health

A new analysis by the New York-based Commonwealth Fund of HIT deployment in seven industrialized countries finds that physicians’ adoption of health IT is highly variable, with the United States lagging well behind the other countries.

The study also found that physicians with greater IT capacity were more likely to report feeling well prepared to manage patients with chronic illnesses. Use of electronic records ranges from nearly all physicians in the Netherlands to only 23 percent in Canada and 28 percent in the U.S., according to the survey.

The authors point out that health systems that promote development of information system infrastructure are better able to address coordination and safety issues, particularly for patients with multiple chronic conditions, as well as to maintain satisfaction among the primary care physician workforce.

Data for the analysis was obtained from the 2006 Commonwealth Fund International Health Policy Survey of Primary Care Physicians, which involved 6,536 physicians in seven countries: Australia, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, the U.K., and the United States.

The Commonwealth Fund is a private foundation that aims to promote a high performing health care system that achieves better access, improved quality, and greater efficiency.

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