Top U.S. States Where Doctors Go Digital, DC dead last

Posted on: July 8, 2013

Confirming what the Scan Man has seen in the field, D.C. doctors don’t like electronic medical record systems.  Maryland and Virginia don’t fare much better.

From Jordan Robertson – Jun 25, 2013 12:02 PM ET,

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Visiting the doctor’s office can be an exercise in total recall: How has your health changed in the past year? Which medications are you taking? What’s your family’s health history?

Imagine not having to recount any of that. That’s one benefit of electronic medical records, which can provide physicians comprehensive access to your vital data with the click of a mouse.

These digital files can help make your medical care safer. Doctors can more easily check new prescriptions against existing ones for dangerous interactions, for example. Of course, technology is never perfect and patients should make sure their records are accurate.

Depending where you live in the U.S., your medical records may still be stuck in the 20th century. Some states, such as Connecticut and New Jersey, have some of the lowest adoption rates of basic electronic medical records in the country. Others, such as Massachusetts and Minnesota, have some of the highest. See how high tech your health care is.

Dead Last:

Washington, D.C.

In 2012, 22.4 percent of the District of Columbia’s office-based doctors used basic electronic medical records. That’s significantly lower than the national average of 39.6 percent.

Separately, in the same year, 51 percent of physicians there actively used systems for electronically prescribing medications, a process that can reduce transcription errors.

Read the complete report here, with all states ranked.

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