Chapter 3. Characteristics of Participating Medical Offices
This chapter presents information about the distribution of database medical offices by number of providers, single vs. multi-specialty, specialty, implementation status of electronic tools, majority ownership, region, and number of locations.
Table 3-1 shows the distribution of medical offices and respondents by number of providers. More than two-thirds of database medical offices (69 percent) had fewer than 10 providers, but they account for less than half (42 percent) of the database respondents.
As shown in Table 3-2, more than two-thirds of medical offices were single specialty (69 percent).
The 934 medical offices represent a wide range of specialties, with most categorized as Family Practice/Family Medicine (437 offices) (Table 3-3).
Most medical offices had fully implemented four of the five computer-based tools (Table 3-4). Electronic appointment scheduling was the electronic tool most fully implemented across medical offices (88 percent); electronic ordering of tests, imaging, or procedures was the least (48 percent).
As shown in Table 3-5, nearly three-fourths of medical offices were owned by a hospital or health system (73 percent).
Table 3-6 shows the distribution of database medical offices by geographic regions. The largest proportions of database medical offices are from the East Central (35 percent) and South Atlantic regions (28 percent).
As shown in Table 3-7, more than half of medical offices had only one location (60 percent).
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