SPOTLIGHT: Knowledge Networks says half of docs now use EMRs

Hard to believe, but 52 percent of specialists and 50 percent of primary-care physicians claim to be using EMRs, up from 42 percent and 38 percent, respectively, two years earlier, a new survey indicates. The survey does not specify what EMR usage means. "While use of this technology will soon be mandated, these 'early adopter' levels suggest a desire for digital convenience at a time when patient record keeping promises to become exponentially more complex," reports New York-based survey firm Knowledge Networks. The company conducted the study of nearly 11,000 healthcare professionals through the Physicians Consulting Network, which maintains a research panel of physicians and other caregivers. FierceEMR