Patients Realize Enhanced Care through EHR

A recent survey conducted by GfK Roper found that the percentage of healthcare providers reported by patients to be using electronic health records (EHR) has not measurably increased from 2010 to 2011.  In fact, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) reports that, although there was increased adoption of EHRs, an estimated 90% of physicians are still not using a complete EHR.

The survey found that 78% of patients who reported their physicians using EHR feel it helps their physicians provide better healthcare.  38% of patients whose physicians are not using EHR want their physicians to adopt an electronic health records system.

The majority of Americans have come to believe that physicians and providers who use computers and keep electronic health records rather than paper documents provide better healthcare. Patients want the healthcare industry to join the 21st century as their demand for e-prescriptions, appointment reminders, and personal health records increase.