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Study shows EHRs boost efficiency

January 4, 2011

Electronic health records software can improve office efficiency and time management, according to a recent study published in the Annals of Family Medicine. Additionally the study states that EHRs offer this without impairing a patient’s sense of trust in their relationship with their physician.

Physicians conducted a 22-month study from 2005 to 2006 during a family care center’s gradual implementation of an EHR. The researchers observed 170 clinical encounters, watched nurses and physicians, interviewed patients, nurses and physicians, and conducted focus groups with nurses, aides and office staff.

The result of the study was that, although some patients were concerned about the use of information technology at first, their trust in their physician overcame those worries in most cases. For staff members, their resistance to EHR implementation was dispelled as improved work efficiency emerged.

The American Academy of Family Physicians has been in support of healthcare information technology for years. The organization’s goals for the initiative were that each EHR would offer affordability, compatibility, interoperabilty and data stewardship, according to the Annals of Family Medicine.

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