Making the most of what you’ve got: EMR optimization strategies for medical groups
Many physician practices expended considerable time, dollars and effort to implement electronic medical records in recent years. And, some leaders at these groups are now thinking: All that for this?
In fact, a variety of studies show that physicians and other medical staff leaders are not completely satisfied with their EMR journeys, to date. For example:
- Some practices are struggling to successfully incorporate the EHR into daily routines, as about 16 percent of the 1,181 physicians and medical professionals surveyed in a Physicians Practice study said that a drop in productivity was their most pressing information technology problem. In addition, more than one-third of respondents said they were seeing fewer patients post EHR adoption.1
- Satisfaction and usability ratings for certified EHRs decreased 12 percent from 2010 to 2012, according to the results of a survey of clinicians conducted by the American College of Physicians and AmericanEHR Partners.2
- Some physicians are experiencing a touch of buyer’s remorse, as 70 percent of 952 physicians surveyed by Medical Economics described their EMR investment as not worth the effort, resources or costs. Also, more than two-thirds cited system functionality as a source of their discontent.3