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Clinical Information Technology Adoption Varies Across Physician Specialties

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This data bulletin presents findings from the Health System Change's Community Tracking Study Physician Survey, a nationally representative telephone survey of physicians involved in direct patient care in the continental United States conducted in 1996–97, 1998–99, 2001–01 and 2004–05. The sample of physicians was drawn from the American Medical Association and the American Osteopathic Association master files and included nonfederal, office- and hospital-based physicians who spent at least 20 hours a week in direct patient care. Residents and fellows were excluded. Questions on information technology were added to the 2000–01 survey and continued in the 2004–05 survey. The 2004–05 survey includes responses from more than 6,600 physicians and the response rate was 52 percent. More detailed information on survey methodology can be found at