Friday, March 12, 2010

Physician perceptions of EHRs (electronic health records)

What do physicians really think about electronic health records (EHRs)?

Here are some survey results from Accenture (from a recent Medical Economics story). This survey represents the views of 1,000 U.S. physicians from practices of fewer than 10 practitioners each. Approximately 15 percent of respondents were users of EHRs and 85 percent were non-users.

Some of the key findings:
  • 58 percent of non-users said they intend to purchase an EHR system within the next two years,
  • About 80 percent of physicians younger than 55 years old plan to implement an EHR system within the next two years,
  • The key driver of EHR adoption is federal legislation, according to respondents; 61 percent cited federal penalties for non-adoption, and 51 percent cited federal incentives, and 
  • Ninety percent of current EHR users said they believe that their EHR system has brought value to their practice, in particular "changing the way their practice works for the better" by providing an effective overview of patients' relevant history, records and information and by allowing quick and accurate data entry.
How do these results compare with the recent data released by Sermo and athenahealth at HIMSS10?  Click here to read the Medical Economics story.

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