Electronic invitations to take part in the EHR survey were shared with patient care physicians from across the country. The survey is being done electronically and according to the survey website it should take between 5 and 20 minutes for member physicians to respond to the questions. (5 minutes if you’re not an EHR user and 20 if you are a user.) Findings are intended to support physicians in the selection and use of EHRs and improve the value of this technology for both physicians and patients.
“Advances in EHR systems must accommodate a variety of physician practices if the technology is to meet its full potential to streamline workflow and help deliver better care to patients,” said AMA President Jeremy A. Lazarus, M.D. “Survey input from physicians will help guide the AMA and AmericanEHR Partners in our shared commitment to foster advances that help physicians use health IT to successfully improve health care delivery.”
The AMA joined AmericanEHR Partners last May, adding to a growing list of 20 supporting organizations including the American College of Physicians, the American Academy of Family Physicians and the American College of Surgeons. AmericanEHR Partners offers a large and growing array of free, web-based interactive tools and educational material to assist medical practices in making critical decision regarding EHR products. In addition, the site provides guidance and educational content regarding the implementation and effective use of health IT.
Responses to the survey will be confidential and physician identities will not be used in the analysis or reporting of survey results. Responses are requested by November 8th so we can look forward to seeing the results of their survey sometime after that date.