The EHR Blues

By Steve Barrett
Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Ophthalmologists are making a lot more use of EHR systems these days but finding them less valuable, according to a survey whose results were published in JAMA Ophthalmology.

Usage among this group of specialists more than doubled from 2006 to 2016. However, that corresponded with a marked drop in satisfaction with the systems.

In a 2006 survey, approximately 15 percent of respondents said adopting EHR harmed productivity. That rose to more than half by 2016. Also in 2006, only 13 percent believed EHR had increased their costs, whereas 75 percent held that view in the most recent survey.

“Our findings highlight the fact that companies that design EHR systems should further address the efficiency and usability of those systems,” lead author Michele C. Lim, Vice Chair and Medical Director of the University of California, Davis Eye Center, said in a news release.