To assess whether physicians' reported electronic health record () use provides clinical benefits and whether benefits depend on using an meeting Meaningful Use criteria or length of experience.
The 2011 Physician Workflow study, representative of U.S. office‐based physicians.
Cross‐sectional data were used to examine the association of use with enhanced patient care overall and nine specific clinical benefits.
Most physicians with s reported use enhanced patient care overall (78 percent), helped them access a patient's chart remotely (81 percent), and alerted them to a potential medication error (65 percent) and critical lab values (62 percent). Between 30 and 50 percent of physicians reported that use was associated with clinical benefits related to providing recommended care, ordering appropriate tests, and facilitating patient communication. Using s that met Meaningful Use criteria and having 2 or more years of experience were independently associated with reported benefits. Physicians with s meeting Meaningful Use criteria and longer experience were most likely to report benefits across all 10 measures.
Physicians reported use enhanced patient care overall. Clinical benefits were most likely to be reported by physicians using s meeting Meaningful Use criteria and longer experience.