What's behind the drive for electronic records

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Quick View. Posted Aug. 23, 2004

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Improving clinical workflow and patient care are the leading factors moving physicians, hospitals and other providers to implement EMRs.

Motivation Hospital respondents Ambulatory respondents All respondents
Improve clinical processes or workflow 84% 87% 85%
Improve quality of care 79% 86% 83%
Share patient information among health care professionals 88% 70% 80%
Reduce medical errors 81% 70% 76%
Improve clinical data capture 68% 67% 68%
Improve documentation to support billing 58% 78% 68%
Provide access to patient records at remote locations 62% 68% 65%
Facilitate clinical decision support 69% 54% 63%
Meet legal, regulatory and accreditation standards 49% 56% 54%
Contain/reduce costs 47% 57% 52%
Obtain a competitive advantage 47% 60% 51%

The Sixth Annual (2004) Survey of Electronic Health Record Trends and Usage asked physician, hospital and other provider organizations what factors were driving the need for an electronic record within their organizations; there were about 440 respondents to this year's survey. The question this year combined two questions from previous years, so results could not be compared.

Source: Medical Records Institute

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