Physician Opinions about EHR Use by EHR Experience and by Whether the Practice had optimized its EHR Use

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Jamoom, EW ; Heisey-Grove, D ; Yang, N ; Scanlon, P (2016)
  • Publisher: OMICS International
  • Journal: Journal of health & medical informatics (vol: 7)
  • Related identifiers: doi: 10.4172/2157-7420.1000240, pmc: PMC5084912
  • Subject: EHR optimization | Physicians | National Electronic Health Records Survey (NEHRS) | Health information technology | Electronic health records | Article | R1
    mesheuropmc: health services administration | health care economics and organizations | social sciences | health care facilities, manpower, and services

Optimization and experience with using EHRs may improve physician experiences. Physician opinions about EHR-related impacts, and the extent to which these impacts differ by self-reported optimized EHR use and length of experience are examined through nationally representative physician data of EHR users from the National Electronic Health Records Survey extended survey (n=1,471). Logistic regression models first estimated how physicians' length of times using an EHR were associated with each EHR-related impact. Additionally, a similar set of models estimated the association of self-reported optimized EHR use with each EHR impact. At least 70% of physicians using EHRs continue to attribute their administrative burdens to their EHR use. Physicians with 4 or more years of EHR experience accounted for 58% of those using EHRs. About 71% of EHR users self-reported using an optimized EHR. Physicians with more EHR experience and those in practices that optimized EHR use had positive opinions about the impacts of using EHRs, compared to their counterparts. These findings suggest that longer experience with EHRs improves perceptions about EHR use; and that perceived EHR use optimization is crucial to identifying EHR-related benefits. Finding ways to reduce EHR-related administrative burden has yet to be addressed.
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