A new study conducted by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) researchers, using data from a 2011 survey of physicians, finds that a majority of office-based physicians were able to view lab results and send medication data electronically. The study also finds that one-third of ambulatory care physicians could send and/or receive patient clinical summaries with other providers. 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.
Read full study: Physician Capability to Electronically Exchange Clinical Information, 2011, American Journal of Managed Care Vol. 19, No. 10