Preliminary results from an annual national survey of office-based physicians show 43.9% of respondents reported using some level of electronic health records systems in their practices in 2009, up almost 6% from 41.5% reporting EHR use in 2008.

The annual increase in usage was considerably higher for those using software that met the criteria for a "basic" EHR and a "fully functional" system. Some 20.5% reported using a basic EHR in 2009, up 23% from 16.7% in 2008; use of a fully functional system rose from to 6.3% from 4.4%, a 43% gain.

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