More doctors turn to e-health systems to care for patients

Almost 50 percent of doctors today now use electronic records to help care for their patients. That’s up from 40 percent in 2012 and just 11 percent in 2006, according to a recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But doctors in some states are much farther ahead than others. North Dakota, Minnesota and Massachusetts lead the pack when it comes to doctors and hospitals that have instituted e-health records. While Washington, D.C., Connecticut and New Jersey fall to the bottom of the list. A 2009 law authorized the government to give doctors monetary incentives for adopting e-health systems. According to a Pew/Stateline report, the federal government has set aside up to $30 billion dollars to help physicians make the switch over the next several years.