What's more, the Center for Studying Health System Change released a study on the change in physician use of information technology for five clinical activities over the past five years.
According to the Center, "[t]he 2000-01 survey contains information on about 12,000 physicians and had a 59 percent response rate, and the 2004-05 survey includes information from more than 6,600 physicians and had a 52 percent response rate.
"Between 2000-01 and 2004-05, the proportion of physicians reporting access to IT for each of the five clinical activities grew by at least 5 percentage points. Changes in the proportion of physicians with access to IT for each of the clinical activities between 2000-01 and 2004-05 are as follows:
- Obtaining treatment guidelines grew from 52.9 percent to 64.8 percent.
- Exchanging clinical data with other physicians grew from 40.6 percent to 50.1 percent.
- Accessing patient notes increased from 36.6 percent to 50.4 percent
- Generating reminders grew from 23.6 percent to 29.3 percent
- Writing prescriptions increased 11.4 percent to 21.9 percent."