Docs aim ire at EHRs

Health Data Management - - NEWSLINE - —Fred Baz­zoli

About 70 per­cent of physi­cians wouldn’t rec­om­mend their pro­fes­sion as a ca­reer, with elec­tronic health record sys­tems be­ing a ma­jor source of dis­sat­is­fac­tion.

Dis­sat­is­fac­tion with the pro­fes­sion is so high that more than half of physi­cians say they are con­tem­plat­ing re­tire­ment within the next five years—in­clud­ing a third of those un­der the age of 50.

Re­sults of the na­tion­wide Fu­ture of Health­care Sur­vey, by The Doc­tors Com­pany, were based on more than 3,400 physi­cians, and showed sig­nif­i­cant un­hap­pi­ness with the cur­rent state of EHRs and how they af­fect de­liv­ery of health­care.

In fact, the sur­vey col­lected 2,291 writ­ten re­sponses voic­ing physi­cians’ frus­tra­tion at how EHRs and value-based care and re­im­burse­ment (pay for per­for­mance) are com­pro­mis­ing the tra­di­tional doc­tor-pa­tient re­la­tion­ship.

Some 54 per­cent of re­spon­dents say they be­lieve EHRs have had a neg­a­tive im­pact on the physi­cian-pa­tient re­la­tion­ship. Re­searchers say doc­tors are con­cerned that EHRs are bur­den­some and dis­tract­ing dur­ing pa­tient in­ter­ac­tion.

Ad­di­tion­ally, 61 per­cent of re­spond­ing physi­cians re­ported that they be­lieve EHRs are hav­ing a neg­a­tive im­pact on their work­flow, with many sug­gest­ing EHR re­quire­ments are a ma­jor cause of burnout. An iden­ti­cal per­cent­age be­lieve record sys­tems have a neg­a­tive im­pact on ef­fi­ciency and pro­duc­tiv­ity.

Part of their frus­tra­tion comes from in­ter­ac­tions with the ven­dors sup­ply­ing the sys­tems. Nearly seven out of eight physi­cians (86 per­cent) re­ported a neu­tral or neg­a­tive ex­pe­ri­ence with EHR ven­dors.

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