Despite efforts to increase the use of information technology in healthcare by the federal and state governments, the potential to improve care through electronically stored and shared clinical information remains largely a promise, with nearly three-quarters of medical groups in California still relying on paper records, according to new studies published by the California HealthCare Foundation.
- California leads the nation in physicians using electronic health records (EHRs), with 37 percent of physicians reporting use of EHRs, compared with 28 percent nationally. In California, the larger the medical practice, the more likely it uses EHRs.
- The major barrier for EHR adoption by medical groups was cost (59 percent), followed by the difficulty and expense of implementation (42 percent), uncertainty about how to select the right product (31 percent), and resistance to changes in practice style (30 percent). Among long-term care facilities, the lack of integration with other systems was the most commonly cited barrier to Health Information Technology (HIT) adoption.