Hello Health recently announced results from its Primary Care Physician Attitudes Survey, conducted March through July of 2012. In the survey they asked more than 100 practicing physicians currently without an EHR, but with plans to implement within the next year, what they saw as the biggest challenges facing their practices.
Some highlights from the survey were:
- 37 percent of physicians see EHR as their number one challenge while the same percentage list a practice financial issue as their primary concern
- Among physicians for whom practice financials is the biggest challenge, 51 percent of respondents felt implementing an EHR would help
- The most common reasons for anticipating improved financials after implementing an EHR were improved coding and documentation to substantiate claims, followed by improved efficiencies and reduced costs
- Among responses that implementing an EHR would not help address practice financials, 46 percent of responses cited higher costs and overhead as the reason while 15 percent stated that productivity would decrease
These responses are interesting but perhaps they are colored by the size and population of the sample group. I’d guess this group of physicians are a part of a prospect list for Hello Health rather than a totally random group of physicians without an EHR.
It’s interesting that among the physicians for whom practice financials is the biggest challenge 51% felt implementing an EHR system would help, yet they have not pulled the trigger. The second group makes more sense – those that don’t believe an EHR system will help their financials, citing higher costs and the increased overhead of maintaining the system.
I feel like we are reaching the tipping point with small practice adoption of EHR technology. I wonder at what point the fear of being left behind comes into play for those who have not moved forward with the meaningful use of a certified EHR system?