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Doctors doubt electronic promise.

More physicians are questioning whether electronic health records will improve care while saving money, according to a new survey. The practice management firm athenahealth and the Web site Sermo reported that 64% of physicians (7% fewer than in 2010) said they believe that EHRs' benefits will outweigh their cost. In addition, 68% (5% fewer than last year) said that patient-care benefits justify the cost of EHRs. Physicians also were less likely to predict that EHRs will help them reduce medical errors, improve efficiency, or reduce costs. However, the doctors' overall opinion on EHRs held steady from 2010 to 2011, with 77% reporting a favorable view of the technology. "Sliding sentiment for [EHRs] is likely explained by the fact that doctors aren't just kicking the tires anymore," said athenahealth CEO Jonathan Bush in a statement. "They are actually trying these things out in their daily work routines only to find their current form does not live up to the most basic of promises," Mr. Bush continued.
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Title Annotation:POLICY & PRACTICE
Publication:Internal Medicine News
Date:Mar 15, 2011
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