Racial differences in the usage of information technology: evidence from a national physician survey

Perspect Health Inf Manag. 2012;9(Summer):1g. Epub 2012 Apr 1.


Information technology (IT) is a key mechanism for improving the quality of healthcare and containing costs, but racial differences in the utilization of IT among practicing physicians are unknown. The current study, using a national physician survey (n = 6,628), investigated racial differences in the utilization of IT. White physicians and minority physicians were directly compared. We first conducted both descriptive and inferential analyses to detect the difference in IT utilization by race and then performed multiple logistic regressions to test whether race remains significant in relation to IT utilization. Results reveal racial differences in the usage of IT. Compared to their minority counterparts, white physicians underutilized a preventive service reminder system. On the other hand, white physicians favored utilizing electronic communications with patients and exchanging clinical data and images with other providers.

Keywords: drug formulary; information technology adoption; physicians; racial difference.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Confidence Intervals
  • Data Collection
  • Decision Support Systems, Clinical / statistics & numerical data*
  • Diffusion of Innovation
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Logistic Models
  • Male
  • Medical Informatics*
  • Odds Ratio
  • Racial Groups*