Dr. Jonathan Weiner, professor of Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School and director of the Center for Population Health Information Technology, and colleagues published a new analysis of the present state of internet and app based health care that offers some hope to relieve the shortage of primary care physicians in the Nov. 4, 2013, issue of the journal Health Affairs.
The number of physicians that use electronic health records has risen 60 percent in the last 10 years. Part of that rise can be attributed to the federal "meaningful use" subsidies that reimburse doctors for using some electronic health data.
The researchers found that 30 percent of doctors use electronic patient analysis and record keeping at present. This percentage of use allows doctors to see between four and nine percent more patients and is predicted to lessen the patient burden on physicians by three to four times that level in the future.
Electronic medicine can in the researcher's opinion account for the growing lack of doctors and nurses in the United States. The researchers predict that 12 percent of specialist medical care will be delivered electronically within the next decade.
Electronic medicine may offer some cost savings to the consumer in lower health care costs, no traveling expenses, and less time away from the job.