A recent Medical Economics article summarizes the results of a recent survey conducted by the RAND Corporation (sponsored by the American Medical Association). Findings showed that physicians had a difficult relationship with electronic health records (EHR) systems. The survey “looked at overall job satisfaction for physicians in the areas of: autonomy, leadership, fairness, work quantity, staff, pay, liability concerns and healthcare reform. Fascinatingly, the survey had to be retooled because physicians kept mentioning issues with their EHR systems.” Data shows that only 35% of physicians believe the EHR systems improve their job satisfaction.
According to the author’s of the survey, “both primary care and subspecialist physicians noted a mismatch between meaningful-use criteria and what they considered to be the most important elements of patient care.” Current EHR systems require a large amount of data entry, which many doctors believe are slowing down their operations and efficiency. Regardless of current frustrations, EHR systems are in their infancy and many physicians believe that the software can be very valuable in the future. With each release, physicians and users can expect more valuable functionality and intuitiveness that will help to automate processes and unlock valuable insight into the health of their practices.
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