The FPM Survey of Family Physicians Who Have Changed EHR Systems
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Fam Pract Manag. 2014 Jul-Aug;21(4):18-20.
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With all the pressure to computerize medical records and clinical processes over the past several years, it is not surprising that most family physicians now use electronic health record systems (EHRs).1 What may be easy to lose track of in the recent wave of computerization efforts, though, is that thousands of family physicians have been using EHRs for some time now – many of them for long enough that they have already scrapped one system and switched to a new one.
After several years surveying family physicians about their satisfaction with EHR systems,2 we are finally at the point where it is appropriate to survey those family physicians whose EHR systems needed to be replaced. Why? Because they are in the vanguard of a trend that will no doubt escalate. Given the relative youth of the technology, the difficulty of choosing the right system on the first try, and the increasing difficulty of “Meaningful Use,” chances are quite good that many more practices will be abandoning their current EHRs for new ones. If you have already made the switch, your advice can help many of your colleagues who are going through what you've been through.
About the Authors
Dr. Adler is the medical editor of Family Practice Management, a board-certified clinical informaticist, and a practicing family physician in Tucson, Ariz. Robert Edsall, who was editor-in-chief of Family Practice Management for many years, is a freelance medical writer and editor based in Kansas City, Mo.
1. Xierali IM, Hsiao CJ, Puffer JC, et al. The rise of electronic health record adoption among family physicians. Ann Fam Med.2013;11(1):14–19.
2. Edsall RL, Adler KG. The 2012 EHR user satisfaction survey: responses from 3,088 family physicians. Fam Pract Manag.2012;19(6):23–30.
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