Remarkable changes in attitudes by healthcare providers has occurred in the past three years, in regard to electronic medical records. Physicians were the leading naysayers with many reservations about cost, true effectiveness and return on investment. Now a significant number have become adopters of EMR and those providers who use EMR doubt if they could be as efficient without EMR.
About 18% of patients in paper-based practices said they would not find it very valuable if their physician adopted an EHR system, and about 10% said they would not find it valuable at all.
About 21% of patients whose physician primarily uses a paper-based health record system said they would find it very valuable if their physician adopted an electronic health record system, and about 52% said
When asked about the possible effects of their physician transitioning to an EHR system, about 48% of patients in paper-based practices said the transition would have a very positive or somewhat positive effect on their quality of care.
About 41% of patients in paper-based practices said the shift to EHRs would have no effect on their quality of care, while 10% said it would have a somewhat negative or very negative effect on patient care.
The report is based on an August 2011 online survey of 1,961 U.S. adults, including 808 U.S. adults whose physician primarily uses a paper-based health record system.
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Among the 202 surveyed caregivers, CDW Healthcare found that:
- 50% said they considered health IT "invaluable" because it "delivers capabilities that could not be replaced by non-IT tools;" and
- 34% said they considered health IT "valuable" because it "significantly aids in the delivery of care."
In addition, 71% of health care providers said they would not be able to complete more than 50% of their workload without health IT
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Among the 200 surveyed health IT professionals, CDW Healthcare found that:
- 56% said they have deployed an electronic health record system in their hospital in the past 18 months (FierceHealthIT, 2/27); and
- 48% said they have deployed a computerized provider order entry system in the past 18 months (CDW Healthcare report, 2/27).
In addition, the survey found that:
- Nearly 80% of health IT professionals said the infrastructure to support health IT sometimes is implemented as an afterthought; and
- 58% said they had implemented data storage, a server or a network program after adopting a new health IT system at least once (FierceHealthIT, 2/27).
Health Train Express believes that social media platforms and their use is at about 2008 in comparison. EMRs rapidly evolved and purchased during the period from 2008 to 2012 with the promise of $ 18 billion funding by the U.S.Government.
At first glance the medical market place for social media would seem to be much smaller than EMR, however given it’s popularity healthcare in will fuel growth for the space. Many medical equipment companies both in manufacturing and sales use social media daily.
Social media has evolved from Twitter to Facebook to Google plus. With each iteration the capabilities of the platforms continues to expand.
We will continue to follow healthcare and social media closely.