Wednesday, September 5, 2012

EHRs: Which Ones Doctors Like and How Their Lives Changed

Reese, Shelly. "EHRs: Which Ones Doctors Like and How Their Lives Changed." Medscape Business of Medicine, August 23, 2012.

From the survey: "EHRs have become a fact of life. Eighty-two percent of survey respondents either currently use EHRs or are in the process of implementing them, up from just 38% in Medscape's 2009 EHR survey. Even holdouts are reluctantly buying in: 12% of respondents said they'll purchase or begin using an EHR within the next year or two, and only 6% said they have no plans to buy an EHR.

Although many doctors consider their EHRs to be a positive addition -- nearly two thirds (62%) of EHR users said that they're happy with their systems -- many tempered their praise with descriptors such as "reasonably happy" or "happy for the most part."

More than one third (38%) are dissatisfied. Roughly a third of those unhappy users plan to shop for a new system, while others said that they're stuck with their current system because they've already invested too much. Still others noted that they do not have the authority in their practice to make a switch." Read more