The use of electronic health records (EHRs) by medical practices and other organizations in the United States has increased measurably in the past decade. Despite the potential to improve the quality of patient care and enhance practices' financial performance, the technology remains far from universal.
To better understand the current state of EHR use, MGMA conducted a study funded by PNC Bank to explore the barriers and benefits of EHR adoption. MGMA collected data between Oct. 1, 2010, and Nov. 9, 2010, from 4,588 healthcare organizations nationwide that responded to the survey. The data represent the aggregate experience of more than 120,000 physicians in medical practice.
2011 EHR study reveals:
- Expected productivity loss during transition is the main barrier to EHR implementation, according to study participants who still use paper records.
- Study participants are pleased with their EHRs overall, despite some not seeing an increase in productivity - Nearly 72 percent of EHR owners said they were satisfied with their overall system, but only 26.5 percent reported increased productivity since implementation.
- Time allocation is key to a successful EHR implementation - 53.2 percent of respondents felt that they either ‘mildly’ or ‘severely’ under-allocated the training time needed during the implementation of their EHR system.