Reports describing the effect of electronic health records on physicians' productivity have been a rollercoaster in recent years. One week a study shows attitudes riding high, the next week a survey indicates that perceptions have plunged.
The latest swing on this rollercoaster ride comes from EHR vendor drchrono. The company recently released results from its 2012 EMR Impact Report, which show that about 75% of users have seen efficiency gains and the average user saves nearly 62 minutes per day thanks to their system. All respondents were drchrono customers.
We sat down with drchrono CEO Michael Nusimow to discuss the findings. In addition to EHR-related productivity changes, the survey delved into physicians' attitudes toward the meaningful use program and changing payment models. Nusimow discusses why physicians aren't as motived by the government's EHR incentive program as you might think and why, at least for the moment, they are not fazed by the impending transition away from fee-for-service models.