EHR Study

Results of EHR Meaningful Use Physician Study

EHRs have been recognized as a core component to national healthcare reform. Beginning in 2011, physicians and hospitals can receive bonus payments under Medicare and Medicaid, but only if they are found to be “meaningful EHR users.” The EHR Meaningful Use Physician Study was meant to explore and measure physicians’ opinions related to the value of the EHR from an adoption, feature-set, productivity, patient care and cost benefit value perspective. In addition to this study, Nuance recently co-formed a national EHR Stimulus Alliance to help educate physicians about opportunities aligned with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009.

The EHR Meaningful Use Physician Study shows —

  • 93 percent of doctors “disagree” or “strongly disagree” that using an EHR has reduced time spent documenting care (outside of work and at work).
  • When asked what doctors consider an “incentive to drive national EHR adoption,” 75 percent of the physicians surveyed said they consider “access to tools that would help doctors to better document within an EHR (beyond the keyboard), such as speech recognition” an incentive; where as 69 percent cited “stimulus money.”
  • When asked about qualifications that the federal government should measure as part of pay-outs associated with EHR meaningful use, physicians cited the following:
    • 90 percent said “access to medical records faster without waiting for records to come out of transcription,” was “important” or “very important.”
    • 83 percent said “more complete patient reports, with higher levels or detail on the patient’s condition and visit,” was “important” or “very important.”
    • 83 percent said “better caregiver-to-caregiver communication based on improved reporting that is more accessible and easily shareable,” was “important” or “very important.”
    • 79 percent said, “improved documentation by pairing the EHR point-and-click template with physician narrative,” was “important” or “very important.”
  • When asked about the importance of various EHR components, physicians identified the following as the five most important:
    • Lab test results reporting and review
    • Documentation tools that allow doctors to speak the physician narrative into the EHR
    • E-Prescribing
    • Secure health messaging between caregivers
    • Keyboard support via speech recognition for data entry into the EHR
  • 74 percent of the doctors surveyed said “EHR cookie cutter templates” and “patient notes with no uniqueness” are challenges to realizing the full value of EHRs.
  • 93 percent of doctors surveyed either “agree” or “strongly agree” with the following statement, “I think capturing physician narrative as part of the documentation process is necessary for complete and quality patient notes.”
  • 67 percent of the doctors surveyed cited “time associated with reliance on keyboard and mouse to document within an EHR” as a major hurdle.

Look at the graphs and data related to each of the questions asked by clicking a link below:

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