Physicians slow to transition to electronic health records

Just 25 percent of physicians are “on target” to meet the health IT meaningful use standards established under the federal stimulus package, according to a study by the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions. The study found:

  • 66 percent of respondents use some form of electronic health records to manage clinical information;
  • 66 percent said they believe EHRs can help improve care over the long term;
  • Only 20 percent provide scheduling or offer test results online, while just 6 percent use social media to communicate with patients;
  • 66 percent of physicians said upfront costs were their primary concern about adopting health IT systems, while 54 percent cited concerns about disrupting operations;
  • 46 percent of single practices do not have EHRs, compared with 22 percent of practices with between 10 and 49 full-time staff members;
  • 39 percent of physicians in practices with 10 or more full-time staff members are not familiar with the new ICD-10 diagnosis and procedure codes, compared with 25 percent of those in single practices; and
  • Only 21 percent of respondents said they do not expect to meet the Oct. 2013 deadline for transitioning to ICD-10, but 62 percent said managing ICD-10 documentation is a “major concern”
2012-02-22T00:00:00+00:00 February 22nd, 2012|Advocacy|