Responses from a mailed survey were analyzed from 1,820 primary care physicians (PCPs) and specialists in office-based practices. Primary outcome variables included: adoption of a basic EHR, and the ability to meet meaningful use criteria. The sample was obtained from the American Medical Association Physician Masterfile, and was conducted between October 2011 and March 2012. The proxy measure contained 11 of the 15 core requirements in the first of two stages of meaningful use, as defined by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The attitudes/perceptions toward meaningful use and EHRs are also discussed in this article.
The perceived ease of use of computerized systems for effectively managing patient populations is an important area for future research. Additional insights for meeting the full potential of these electronic tools will help improve quality of care.