Docs aim ire at EHRs
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.