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Between 1992 and 2002, overall health care spending rose from $827 billion to about $1.6 trillion; it is projected to nearly double to $3.1 trillion in the following decade. This price tag results, in part, from advances in expensive medical technology, including new drug therapies, and the increased use of high-cost services and procedures. Many policymakers, industry experts, and medical practitioners contend that the U.S. health care system-in both the public and private sectors-is in crisis. Efforts are underway to convert all medical records from paper to electronic. This manuscript uses the unified theory of acceptance and use of technology as a lens to interpret the responses of physicians completing their residency in family medicine regarding use and adoption of electronic medical record systems (EMR).
Date of Conference: 7-10 Jan. 2008