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Table 4 Selected IT

From: Selecting information technology for physicians' practices: a cross-sectional study

Details of IT Frequency (n = 399)
Software cost  
   Given to the practice ($0) 6%
   Less than $10,000 48%
   $10–50,000 38%
   $More than $50,0 8%
Customization level  
   Commercial package (no customization) 49%
   Commercial package + customization 42%
   Completely custom package 9%
Number of users  
   Only 1 user 23%
   2–5 users 44%
   More than five users 8%
Software Category Computer Activities Which IT features are selected (Q4)? Frequency (n = 399)
Electronic Medical Record Access and complete patient records using computerized patient records 23%
Managed Care Track incoming and outgoing referrals 48%
  Track patient enrollment 44%
  Capitation accounting 32%
  Query database 38%
  Statistical reporting on utilization and outcomes 46%
  Follow clinical guidelines 24%
  At least one managed care activity 85%
Communication Email or telemedicine to external colleagues 15%
  Email within the practice 20%
  Remote link with other information systems 17%
  Access to internet 8%
  Electronic data interchange (EDI) 14%
  Online literature searches 8%
  At least one communication activity 45%
Practice Management Billing and collections 78%
  Appointment scheduling 50%
  Accounting spreadsheets 51%
  At least one practice management activity 92%