AmericanEHR Partners provides comprehensive information to support clinicians in the selection and use of EHRs to improve health care delivery. It was founded by the American College of Physicians (ACP) and Cientis Technologies.
In a similar survey conducted by AmericanEHR five years ago the majority of respondents said that overall they were satisfied or very satisfied with their EHR system; with 39 percent being satisfied and 22 percent being very satisfied. In the current survey the majority of respondents indicated that overall they were dissatisfied with their EHR system; with only 22 percent indicating they were satisfied and 12 percent indicating they were very satisfied.
The questions on the impact of EHR systems on practice found that:
– 42 percent thought their EHR system’s ability to improve efficiency was difficult or very difficult.
– 72 percent thought their EHR system’s ability to decrease workload was difficult or very difficult.
– 54 percent found their EHR system increased their total operating costs.
– 43 percent said they had yet to overcome the productivity challenges related to their EHR system.
“While EHR systems have the promise of improving patient care and practice efficiency, we are not yet seeing those effects” said Shari Erickson, MPH, Vice President of ACP’s Division of Governmental Affairs and Medical Practice. “We need to focus on figuring out how we can help physicians and practices to more effectively implement and use these systems.”
The report found that primary care physicians were more likely than specialists to report satisfaction with various aspects of the EHR system and to indicate a positive impact on practice. The report suggested that the difference could be explained by the longer period of time, on average, that primary care physicians had used their EHR systems compared to specialists. Among survey respondents primary care physicians had used their EHR systems for a year longer than specialists, on average. They found that in most cases, it appeared to take at least three years for respondents to overcome initial challenges and to derive many of the benefits the their EHR system may have to offer.
“Perhaps we are getting over the curve in EHR adoption,” continued Erickson. “It may be that as we see more practices that have been using these systems longer we will see satisfaction begin to rise.”
For more information about the report, visit http://bit.ly/PhysicianUseofEHR2014.