Physician Specialty and Variations in Adoption of Electronic Health Records

Do pediatricians lag behind other specialties in electronic heath record adoption? In this study of National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey data from 2005-2009, full EHR adoption was highest for internal medicine, family medicine, and pediatrics (9.9 – 11%), but any EHR adoption was lower in pediatrics than the mean adoption rate. In other words, when pediatricians adopt, they tend to implement fully, but they may adopt at a lower rate than other specialties. Grinspan 2013 (Applied Clinical Informatics)

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