As technology continues to evolve at an exponential rate, it is only a matter of time before every hospital and medical facility has some type of electronic health record (EHR) system used on a regular basis. Until that time, though, these organizations would be wise to ensure that a healthcare consultant is on hand to keep the transition process as smooth as possible.
Currently, physicians are divided over whether the implementation of EHRs is a help or a hindrance to their practices. In a recent survey conducted by Medscape, 21,000 doctors from 25 specialities were asked what they liked and disliked about their systems and what kind of effect EHRs have had on their daily routines.
According to the results of the 2012 survey, 82 percent of respondents either currently use EHRs or are in the implementation process. That is a large jump from Medscape's 2009 survey, where just 38 percent of physicians were using new systems.
Of those using EHRs, though, 38 percent say they are dissatisfied. Nearly a third of the unhappy individuals report they are hunting for a new system while the rest claim they invested too much, so they will continue using what they have.
Respondents were asked to rank their EHRs on a scale of one to five, with one representing poor and five excellent. The twelve categories used for the rankings included ease of data entry, overall ease of use, ease of implementation, reliability and adequacy of vendor training.
Even if doctors are initially put off by the increased use of technology in their facilities, partnering with a healthcare IT consultant can assist in the implementation process. This way, all employees will have a proper understanding of how EHRs work and the correct way to use them on a daily basis.