The most positive aspect of the 2011 National Physicians Survey is that a significant majority of responding physicians do not feel negative about the impact of Electronic Medical Records on patient care. While only 39% see a positive impact a much smaller 24% see a negative impact. Overall 76% of the physicians surveyed see either a positive or neutral impact coming from Electronic Medical Records
The survey, conducted by Thomson Reuters and HCPlexus, the publisher of The Little Blue Book (described as a go-to resource for physician-to-physician referrals and consultations), was conduced with 2,958 physicians in the US in September 2010 with follow-up information gathered in December 2010 and January 2011. Interestingly the survey was sent to the physicians via fax machine.
The results of the overall report showed an obvious concern by responding physicians in a number of areas.
- 65% of respondents believe that the quality of health care in the US will deteriorate in the next 5 years
- 78% of respondents believe that the overall impact of the Health Care reform Act of 2010 for physicians will be negative
- 58% of respondents believe that the overall impact of the Health Care reform Act of 2010 for patients will be negative
These results paint a sobering picture for the near term future of health care in this country. They also point out the increasing need to bring practicing physicians into the national discussion during the rapid changes our healthcare system is currently undergoing.
A free copy of survey results, which include include a number of pointedly direct quotes from physicians on the issues discussed, is available at hcplexus.com/survey. Registration is required to download the complete survey but an Executive Summary is available without registration.