RAND Health researchers who studied how much US medical practices were using electronic health records (EHRs) found only about a quarter using them to their full potential, while 39 percent of the practices were underusing EHRs. The study, funded by Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), appears in the annual Health Information Technology (IT) issue of The American Journal of Managed Care® and found wide variation in EHR use, based on the 2014 Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Analytics survey. Counties with the least EHR use tended to be in the West, smaller in size, and located outside a metropolitan area. Of the 38,638 health practices in the HIMSS data, 83.4 percent had a live and operational EHR; of these, 93.5 percent provided survey responses.
- Electronic Health Record “Super-Users” and “Under-Users” in Ambulatory Care Practices. The American Journal of Managed Care. January 2018