A survey of US doctors created by Accenture shows improvement in EHR use. Good news!
5 take-home messages:
1. 79% of US doctors are more proficient using EHR. They use EHR to enter patient notes electronically, e-prescribe and receive clinical results
2. They communicate with their patient electronically more frequently and regularly use software-based clinical decision support systems
3. Patients are also engaged with these new tools for requesting prescription refills, email their doctors and access their medical information online
4. EHR lead to a lot of benefits: better patient engagement and satisfaction; improved understanding of their medical condition; more valuable communication with their GP; records accuracy
5. EHR challenges: more user-friendly EHR softwares need to be implemented as doctors complain about the use of EHR; doctors do not always think of accessing EHR of a new patient (seen by another doctor)
Conclusion: the progress shown by the report are good news but there is still work to do and improvements to implement.
More resources on EHR:
My blog posts on digital health
Intro to EHR: Introduction_to_EHR_McGrawHill_2011
Implementing Electronic Health Records in Hospitals – 2014 – Albert Boonstra & al. – BioMedCentral
Integrating Electronic Health Records Into Clinical Workflow – 2014 – Svetlana Lowry & al. – US Department of Commerce
Using Electronic Health Records to Improve Quality & Efficiency – 2012 – Sharon Sillow-Carroll & al. – 2012 – Commonwealth Fund