Report: Health IT could raise efficiency, lower physician demand

11/12/2013 | InformationWeek

A study in Health Affairs shows that the use of health information technologies in office- and community-based physician practices could have an overall effect on the physician workforce. Researchers noted that full implementation of technologies such as EHRs, clinical decision support tools and patient Web portals in just 30% of physician practices could cut demand for doctors' services by as much as 9%; 70% uptake of health IT would double those results, the study found.

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