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Survey: Majority of Clinicians View Electronic Exchange of Health Information Positively

November 2012
Practice Management News

Survey results released October 3 reveal that 78% of responding clinicians believe the electronic exchange of health information will improve the quality of patient care and aid them in coordinating care, meeting the demands of new care models, and participating in third-party reporting and incentive programs. The American College of Physicians (ACP; www.acp online.org), the Bipartisan Policy Center, and Doctors Helping Doctors Transform Health Care analyzed 527 responses in the report “Clinician Perspectives on Electronic Health Information Sharing for Transitions of Care.”

Challenges remain for the widespread electronic exchange of health information. More than 70% of clinicians surveyed identified lack of interoperability, lack of infrastructure, and the cost of setting up and maintaining interfaces and exchanges as major barriers preventing clinicians from exchanging information.

Additional findings include:
• Access to medication lists and laboratory and imaging test results are commonly recognized as high priorities for transitions of care.
• Timeliness of information is important.
• When updating the electronic health record (EHR) with information received from an external source, clinicians prefer to be able to choose the information they want integrated.

The survey was fielded by AmericanEHR Partners, founded by ACP and Cientis Technologies; the American Association of Medical Directors of Information Systems; the American College of Surgeons; and the American Academy of Pediatrics. Respondents are predominantly primary care providers in practice settings that include 10 physicians or less and who are EHR users.

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