A survey from Medical Economics probes the intense feelings doctors tend to have about their electronic medical records experience. The federal “meaningful use” program provided incentives to adopt these systems, but it sounds like many physicians wish they hadn’t. (EHR Survey) A very large number are dissatisfied with their current EHR and would like to switch. The primary cause of dissatisfaction is functionality at 67%, with cost the second most common cause at 48%. Larger practices are even more unhappy with functionality, 74%, while solo practitioners cite cost more frequently than average, 57%. The cost has been enormous, with 45% saying they spent more than $100,000 on their EHR and 77% of large practices spending over $200,000. Despite the meaningful use payments, 65% of respondents said the EHR resulted in financial losses, with 38% saying it was a significant loss. Only 6% say the EHR led to significant savings. Doctors are more split on the quality of care impact, with 45% saying the EHR made it worse and 35% saying EHRs improved care. In regard to care coordination with hospitals, 69% of physicians say the EHR did not improve it. The systems currently used by doctors get a resounding vote of no confidence, with 63% saying they would not buy their current system again and 73% of larger practices feeling that way. And many, 38%, don’t even think their current system will remain viable and relevant in five years. The depth of disillusionment is revealed by the 70% who say their EHR has not been worth the effort and costs, particularly in regard to the negative effects on workflow and productivity. So the EHR movement has really been a resounding success as far as doctors are concerned!!
✅ Subscribe via Email
About this Blog
The Healthy Skeptic is a website about the health care system, and is written by Kevin Roche, who has many years of experience working in the health industry. Mr. Roche is available to assist health care companies through consulting arrangements through Roche Consulting, LLC and may be reached at [email protected].
Healthy Skeptic Podcast
This is an outstanding report on total global drug spending and trends, with projections out to 2025. It helps you understand this important area of health care, which does much...
June 1, 2021
MedPAC 2019 Report to Congress
June 18, 2019
Mental health company Headway makes, well, headway, by raising an impressive $125 million round of new capital. The company connects patients with mental health providers and facilitates providers working with...
October 11, 2023
Two health care firms owned by private equity firms are merging in a transaction supposedly valued at $3 billion. HealthComp administers self-funded plans for employers and other groups and Virgin...
September 27, 2023
NextGen, an electronic medical records firm, is being put out of its public company misery, as a PE firm will pay $1.6 billion for the one-time high-flier.
September 7, 2023
Access ACO Care Management Chronic Disease Comparative Effectiveness Consumer Directed Health Consumers Devices Disease Management Drugs EHRs Elder Care End-of-Life Care FDA Financings Genomics Government Health Care Costs Health Care Quality Health Care Reform Health Insurance Health Insurance Exchange HIT HomeCare Hospital Hospital Readmissions Legislation M&A Malpractice Meaningful Use Medicaid Medical Care Medicare Medicare Advantage Mobile Pay For Performance Pharmaceutical Physicians Providers Regulation Repealing Reform Telehealth Telemedicine Wellness and Prevention Workplace