Patients think EHRs make physician practices more efficient; physicians disagree: 5 key notes

Written by Laura Dyrda | September 30, 2016 | Print  |

Here are five key notes on how patients and physicians feel about EHRs, according to the Medscape Physician and Patient Attitudes Toward Technology in Medicine report.

1. Physicians are split on whether EHRs enhance the patient-physician relationship; 49 percent say they do and 51 percent say they don't.

2. More patients, 61 percent, feel EHRs do improve the patient-physician relationship, compared with 39 percent who feel they don't.

3. Physicians are similarly split on whether EHR can help them and their staff work more efficiently; 54 percent say they do and 46 percent say they don't.

4. Patients have a vastly different perspective on EHR efficiency; 80 percent agree that EHRs help physicians and their staff work more efficiently while only 20 percent feel they don't.

5. Patients and physicians also differ on who they feel owns the patient's medical record; 60 percent of patients feel they own their medical records, compared with 38 percent of physicians who feel the same way. Only 20 percent of patients thought the physician or healthcare provider owns their medical records, compared with 37 percent of physicians who felt the same.

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