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US ahead of other countries in physician health IT adoption

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The U.S. is a leader in physician health IT adoption and use, according to a new eight-country study released by Accenture.
The study — titled, “Connected Health: The Drive to Integrated Healthcare Delivery — was based on a survey of 3,700 physicians and interviews with health care leaders in: Australia; Canada; England;  France; Germany; Singapore; Spain; and The U.S.

The study found that:
•    About 62% of U.S. specialty physicians use electronic tools to improve administrative efficiency, compared with the global average of 49%;
•    54% of U.S. primary care physicians use electronic prescribing, compared with a global average of 20%
•    48% of U.S. physician specialists send orders electronically, compared with a global average of about 36%;
•    38% of U.S. primary care doctors have electronic access to clinical data about patients who have been seen by a different health care provider, compared with a global average of 33%; and
•    17% of U.S. physicians have given patients electronic access to their own health data, compared with a global average of 8%.

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