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Majority of ambulatory physicians had capability to exchange prescription and laboratory data in 2011
A new study conducted by the
"The results of this study are encouraging because they show that a majority of physicians who use electronic health records (EHRs) can electronically exchange test results, medication data and clinical care summaries with patients, all of which are integral to better care coordination and ultimately necessary for universal interoperability," said
The ONC study found that the adoption of an EHR was the single strongest predictor of electronic exchange capability for e-prescribing, lab test viewing or ordering, and exchanging clinical summaries. However, results from the study show that not all EHR vendors offer equivalent exchange capability.
The topline findings of the study, published today in the
- 55 percent of all physicians had computerized capability to send prescriptions electronically vs. 78 percent of physicians with an EHR.
- 67 percent of all physicians could view electronic lab results vs. 87 percent of physicians with an EHR.
- 42 percent could incorporate lab results into their EHR vs. 73 percent of physicians with an EHR.
- 35 percent could send an electronic order to a lab vs. 54 percent of physicians with an EHR.
- 38 percent could provide clinical summaries to patients vs. 61 percent of physicians with an EHR.
- 31 percent exchanged patient clinical summaries with another provider vs. 49 percent of physicians with an EHR.
Results of the study indicate that there was variation among physician exchange capability at the state-level. Physicians in
Using data from 2011, the study authors posit that this is a baseline study of physician capability to exchange key types of clinical information. The study authors suggest that the
"Specifically, accountable care organizations, which allow entities to share cost savings, may create a business case for HIE by giving providers greater financial incentives to exchange information regarding their patients with each other. Additionally, financial penalties for high hospital readmission rates, for example, may spur greater care coordination between hospitals and ambulatory care providers to better manage transitions of care through the use of care summaries," ONC researchers wrote.
Data for this study are from the 2011
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