Majority of Physicians Say EHRs Interfere With Care, Survey Finds

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Many physicians see the use of electronic health record systems as a distraction from patient care, according to a survey by online physician community Sermo and EHR provider athenahealth, Healthcare IT News reports 

For the third annual Physician Sentiment Index, Sermo and athenahealth surveyed 500 physicians from a range of practice specialties and sizes. They asked the doctors how various factors — such as EHR adoption and the implementation of the federal health reform law — might affect patient care 


EHR-Related Findings

According to the survey, 73% of respondents said that EHR systems are a distraction from physician-patient interactions, an increase of 12 percentage points from the 2011 survey.

The survey also found that:

80% of respondents said that they have purchased an EHR system, up from 70% in 2011;

44% said that EHR systems are not designed with physicians in mind, up from 32% in 2011;

32% said that they have a favorable opinion of EHR systems, down from 39% in 2011;

15% said that they believe EHR systems somewhat or significantly worsen patient care, up from 11% in 2011.

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