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Office-based Physician Electronic Health Record Adoption: 2004-2014

EHR adoption has nearly doubled since 2008
2014

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This figure is a line chart depicting the time series trends of any electronic health record adoption and Basic electronic health record adoption from 2004 to 2014 among office based physicians. In 2004, 21 percent of all office based physicians had adopted any electronic health record, and, in 2014, 83 percent of all office based physicians had adopted any electronic health record - nearly triple the rate. In 2006, less than 11 percent of all office based physicians had adopted a Basic electronic health record, and, in 2014, nearly 51 percent of all office based physicians had adopted a Basic electronic health record - almost five times the 2006 rate.

Percentage of Office-based Physicians with Electronic Health Record System

2004 - 2014

2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Any EHR 20.8% 23.9% 29.2% 34.8% 42% 48.3% 51% 57% 71.8% 78.4% 82.8%
Basic EHR -- -- 10.5% 11.8% 16.9% 21.8% 27.9% 33.9% 39.6% 48.1% 50.5%
Summary:

As of 2014, a majority of office-based physicians have adopted electronic health records (EHRs). By the end of 2014, about 8 in 10 (83%) of office-based physicians had adopted any EHR[2] and about half (51%) adopted a "Basic EHR"[1]. Since 2008, office-based physician adoption of any EHRs has nearly doubled, from 42% to 83%, while adoption of Basic EHRs has nearly tripled from 17% to 51%. Between 2013 and 2014, adoption of any EHR grew by 6% and Basic EHR adoption grew by 5%.

Source:

Jamoom E, Yang N, Hing E. Percentage of office-based physicians using any electronic health records or electronic medical records, physicians that have a basic system, and physicians that have a certified system, by state: United States, 2014 (table). 2015.

Hsiao C-J, Hing E. Use and characteristics of electronic health record systems among office-based physician practices: United States, 2001–2013. NCHS data brief, no 143. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics. 2014.

Notes:

[1] Physicians adopted a Basic EHR if they reported their practice performed all of the following computerized functions: patient demographics, patient problem lists, electronic lists of medications taken by patients, clinician notes, orders for medications, viewing laboratory results, and viewing imaging results. The core capabilities of a Basic EHR were defined by DesRoches, et al. in the 2008 manuscript.

[2] Any EHR system is a medical or health record system that is either all or partially electronic, and excludes systems solely for billing.

[3] Data include non-federal, office-based physicians, and exclude radiologists, anesthesiologists, and pathologists.

Suggested Citation:

Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. 'Office-based Physician Electronic Health Record Adoption: 2004-2014,' Health IT Quick-Stat #50. dashboard.healthit.gov/quickstats/pages/physician-ehr-adoption-trends.php. September 2015.