When it comes to health information technology adoption and use, the United States is among the worldwide leaders, according to research by Accenture.
About half of all specialists and primary care doctors are using the technology, the organization said.
The management and technology research and consulting group interviewed physicians and health IT leaders from eight countries, including the United States, to determine how mature use is among health care organizations in each nation.
"This research basically says that if you think about maturity as the intersection between adoption and exchange of information, the United States is actually pretty consistently more in the advanced group than has been previously recognized," said Kaveh Safavi, MD, managing director of Accenture's North American health practice.
Dr. Safavi said the United States' success has to do with a combination of top-down (government mandates, for example) and bottom-up (physician choice) approaches to health IT adoption. He said one thing that was made apparent in the research was that countries that approached health IT adoption either from an all top-down approach -- or all bottom-up approach -- were unsuccessful.