Researchers: Patients approve of doctor’s use of EHR

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A study conducted by the Sage Healthcare Division found that individuals believe that electronic health records (EHRs) help with the accuracy of their patient data, HealthCare IT News reports.

Researchers found that about 42 percent of physicians use an electronic health record solution to document their patient care. Furthermore, nearly 33 percent use EHRs during a patient encounter. Nearly 45 percent of individuals had a “very positive” perception of doctor or clinicians who document patient care with a computer or other electronic device.

“The adoption of EHRs has grown in recent years as the U.S. government’s incentive plans and the benefits of these systems are realized by more and more office-based physicians,” Betty Otter-Nickerson, president of Sage Healthcare Division, told the news source.

This study represents the need for hospitals and doctors to employ health information management degree holders. These professionals can implement and continue to hone EHR systems to fit the needs of healthcare providers.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job opportunities for computer and information systems managers are expected to increase by 17 percent over the next seven years.