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QuickStats: Estimated Percentage of Office-Based Physicians Using Selected Electronic Medical Record (EMR) Features* --- National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, United States, 2006

* Weighted estimates based on responses from 1,311 office-based physicians, excluding radiologists, anesthesiologists, and pathologists.

95% confidence interval.

In 2006, approximately 29.2% of office-based physicians reported that they used an EMR system, and use of specific EMR features varied substantially. EMR features providing clinical reminders for guideline-based interventions or screening tests (13.1%) and public health reporting (6.6%) were used less than other features. Only 12.4% of physicians used EMR systems with all four of the features considered necessary for a minimally functional system (i.e., systems allowing for computerized orders for prescriptions, computerized orders for tests, electronic viewing of test results, and electronic viewing of clinical notes).

SOURCE: Hing E, Burt CW, Woodwell DA. Electronic medical record use by office-based physicians and their practices: United States, 2006. Advance data from vital and health statistics; no. 393. Hyattsville, MD: US Department of Health and Human Services, CDC, National Center for Health Statistics; 2007. Available at http:///

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