Family Doctors Will Keep Electronic Medical Records – Part 1 of 3
Family Doctors Will Keep Electronic Medical Records. More than two-thirds of kin doctors now use electronic health records, and the percentage doing so doubled between 2005 and 2011, a restored study finds. If the trend continues, 80 percent of family doctors – the largest group of primary care physicians – will be using electronic records by 2013, the researchers predicted. The findings give “some encouragement that we have passed a critical threshold,” said study author Dr Andrew Bazemore, director of the Robert Graham Center for Policy Studies in Primary Care, in Washington, DC “The significant best part of primary care practitioners appear to be using digital medical records in some form or fashion”.
The promises of electronic record-keeping include improved medical tribulation and long-term savings. However, many doctors were slow to adopt these records because of the high cost and the complexity of converting paper files. There were also privacy concerns. “We are not there yet. More sweat is needed, including better information from all of the states”.
The Obama administration has offered incentives to doctors who adopt electronic health records, and penalties to those who do not. For the study, researchers mined two popular data sets to see how many family doctors were using electronic health records, how this number changed over time, and how it compared to use by specialists. Their findings appear in the January-February printing of the Annals of Family Medicine.