Volume 49 | Number 1pt2 | February 2014

Abstract List

Jennifer King, Vaishali Patel, Eric W. Jamoom, Michael F. Furukawa


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.

Data Source

The 2011 Physician Workflow study, representative of U.S. office‐based physicians.

Study Design

Cross‐sectional data were used to examine the association of use with enhanced patient care overall and nine specific clinical benefits.

Principal Findings

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.