CA leads nation in electronic healthcare records

January 17, 2008 6:22:16 PM PST
A state healthcare organization says California leads the nation in using electronic healthcare records, but it still has a long way to go.

The California Healthcare Foundation says three-quarters of state medical groups are still using paper records, which increases likelihood of errors. The foundation says cost and security concerns are slowing the adoption of electronic recordkeeping.

Kaiser Permanente fared best with 79-percent of doctors using electronic records. Other large providers also did fairly well, but usage fell sharply among small and medium practices at 25-percent.

Solo practitioners were the worst at 13-percent.

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