Study reveals that most patients believe EHRs assist doctors in providing care

A recent survey from GfK Roper for Practice Fusion shows that many people believe that computers may help their doctors deliver better patient care, EMR Daily News reports.

Key facts from the study indicate that 49 percent of patients reported that their physicians used an electronic health record (EHR) system during their last visit, and 78 percent of individuals whose doctors did use EHRs believed that they received better care.

“It is 2011 and patients want their healthcare to reflect the fact we are in the 21st century,” Ryan Howard, chief operating officer of Practice Fusion, told the news source. “They want to have prescriptions sent electronically, to receive email appointment reminders, and to review past diagnoses and upcoming appointments online.”

The study also revealed that 38 percent of patients whose doctors use paper charts would like their healthcare provider to upgrade to EHRs.

These statistics show a need for healthcare providers to hire health information management degree holders in an effort to design, create and implement these systems.

A 2008 report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that nearly 207,600 individuals will be employed in the medical records and health information technician field by 2018.

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